Minneapolis is home.

Minneapolis. I never thought that a city like it could end up changing me.

Years ago, Minneapolis never crossed my mind. I honestly never thought twice about it. All I ever thought was that the city was north and covered with snow 99% of the time. It wasn’t until I found myself visiting the city a few times during 2011 that I changed my mind.

Over the course of my travels across the world, I came in contact with a few people from the Twin Cities. At first it dawned on me that I had never met anyone from Minnesota. I loved their accent when they talked. Their niceness would eventually give way to me understanding the idea of “Minnesota Nice.” I had never heard of it but I went along with it anyway.

My first time in Minneapolis was the beginning of small changes that I started noticing in myself. The city was covered in snow, but looked incredibly beautiful. It almost seemed as if the snow was meant to be there for some reason. The streets covered with the white blanket gave it character that I had never seen before. It almost seemed to brighten the city even more.

After a quick tour of Uptown and the downtown area, I was beginning to feel the energy of the city. It was an energy I never felt before. I had traveled to New York City and Los Angeles over my years, but I had never felt anything like this. The city and its people seemed so close. People smiled at you on the streets and said hello. All the streets were filled with passing traffic at all times of the night. The city never seemed to sleep.

I eventually found myself visiting the city a few more times during 2011. I got the chance to see the city in the warmer seasons. This is where I began realizing that it was surely a place for me. The same energy that I felt during my first visit was now amplified even more.

I saw the energy in the streets. I saw the bluest skies above me. I spent time with the greatest people. I knew I had found something I’d been looking for. I made a choice to move away from Indianapolis once again. People weren’t completely shocked by my choice, but were confused why I had chosen Minneapolis. No one had ever thought twice about the city.

I decided to move to the city during the first days of January. And I did just that. I moved up here on January 2nd. I loaded up my car with everything I owned and started making the 10-hour trek up north. I passed Chicago’s beautiful skyline and I crossed the entire state of Wisconsin. Once I saw that Minneapolis skyline, I knew I had made it home.

I can understand why people love this city so much. It’s undeniably one of the most beautifully hidden gems in the country. I’ve tried to explain it to other friends of mine but to no avail. Everyone has to come here to understand it. The only thing I’m afraid to tell people is that once they do, they may never want to leave.

I’ve only been here for two months and I’m beginning to feel that I’m becoming more Minnesotan day by day. The city has taken my heart and started to attach itself. Little by little I’m feeling that this city may be my home, my promise land…forever. 

The Awakening by Sonny Carroll

THIS IS YOUR AWAKENING.

You realize it’s time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change, or for happiness, safety and security to magically appear over the next horizon.

You realize that in the real world there aren’t always fairy tale endings, and that any guarantee of “happily ever after” must begin with you…and in the process a sense of serenity is born of acceptance.

You awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and that not everyone will always love, appreciate or approve of who or what you are…and that’s OK. They are entitled to their own views and opinions.

You learn the importance of loving and championing yourself…and in the process a sense of new found confidence is born of self-approval.

You stop complaining and blaming other people for the things they did to you – or didn’t do for you – and you learn that the only thing you can really count on is the unexpected.

You learn that people don’t always say what they mean or mean what they say and that not everyone will always be there for you and everything isn’t always about you.

So, you learn to stand on your own and to take care of yourself…and in the process a sense of safety and security is born of self-reliance.

You stop judging and pointing fingers and you begin to accept people as they are and to overlook their shortcomings and human frailties…and in the process a sense of peace and contentment is born of forgiveness.

You learn to open up to new worlds and different points of view. You begin reassessing and redefining who you are and what you really stand for.

You learn the difference between wanting and needing and you begin to discard the doctrines and values you’ve outgrown, or should never have bought into to begin with.

You learn that there is power and glory in creating and contributing and you stop maneuvering through life merely as a “consumer” looking for your next fix.

You learn that principles such as honesty and integrity are not the outdated ideals of a bygone era, but the mortar that holds together the foundation upon which you must build a life.

You learn that you don’t know everything, it’s not you job to save the world and that you can’t teach a pig to sing. You learn the only cross to bear is the one you choose to carry and that martyrs get burned at the stake.

Then you learn about love. You learn to look at relationships as they really are and not as you would have them be. You learn that alone does not mean lonely.

You stop trying to control people, situations and outcomes. You learn to distinguish between guilt and responsibility and the importance of setting boundaries and learning to say NO.

You also stop working so hard at putting your feelings aside, smoothing things over and ignoring your needs.

You learn that your body really is your temple. You begin to care for it and treat it with respect. You begin to eat a balanced diet, drinking more water, and take more time to exercise.

You learn that being tired fuels doubt, fear, and uncertainty and so you take more time to rest. And, just as food fuels the body, laughter fuels our soul. So you take more time to laugh and to play.

You learn that, for the most part, you get in life what you deserve, and that much of life truly is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

You learn that anything worth achieving is worth working for and that wishing for something to happen is different than working toward making it happen.

More importantly, you learn that in order to achieve success you need direction, discipline and perseverance. You learn that no one can do it all alone, and that it’s OK to risk asking for help.

You learn the only thing you must truly fear is fear itself. You learn to step right into and through your fears because you know that whatever happens you can handle it and to give in to fear is to give away the right to live life on your own terms.

You learn to fight for your life and not to squander it living under a cloud of impending doom.

You learn that life isn’t always fair, you don’t always get what you think you deserve and that sometimes bad things happen to unsuspecting, good people…and you lean not to always take it personally.

You learn that nobody’s punishing you and everything isn’t always somebody’s fault. It’s just life happening. You learn to admit when you are wrong and to build bridges instead of walls.

You lean that negative feelings such as anger, envy and resentment must be understood and redirected or they will suffocate the life out of you and poison the universe that surrounds you.

You learn to be thankful and to take comfort in many of the simple things we take for granted, things that millions of people upon the earth can only dream about: a full refrigerator, clean running water, a soft warm bed, a long hot shower.

Then, you begin to take responsibility for yourself by yourself and you make yourself a promise to never betray yourself and to never, ever settle for less than you heart’s desire.

You make it a point to keep smiling, to keep trusting, and to stay open to every wonderful possibility.

Finally, with courage in you heart, you take a stand, you take a deep breath, and you begin to design the life you want to live as best as you can……

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