Minerva's Breakdown: Hankering 


After moving far away from home and from my friends, I am regretting it all. I'm a young person, and I thought that getting away from home was the next step in a happy life. On the contrary, I'm unhappy where I'm at, and I find myself thinking about all the fun times I had back home and could have if I moved back. I've already starting saving up for a potential journey home. Am I being hasty and giving up on a different life too soon? Or is my past place of happiness my truly viable future?

—Dearly, Hankering for Home


This is a common dilemma for a lot of people who move away. You find yourself in a new place, trying to navigate a new world with very little but your own wiles to see you through. Happiness is not dependent on where you live but how you work to create happiness. While I don't negate your feelings of sadness and unhappiness for your life back home, I would like to remind you that looking back nostalgically is not always accurate. You don't indicate how long you've been gone. I encourage you to try to make it at least a year in your new place while also challenging you to get out and make new friends for yourself. You're not giving yourself a chance if you just sit at home pining for the old days. If you're still unhappy, move home. After all, in the words of Dolly Parton, "Wildflowers don't care where they grow."

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