This weekend was a huge milestone in my life, and it nearly came and went without notice. July 27 was my one year anniversary with San Francisco. I knew the date was fast approaching, but somehow- at 1AM on Sunday morning- I gasped and realized I'd missed it. That's sort of how the last year has gone- painstaking awareness of being new paired with an immediate sense of belonging.
Part of me feels like I just arrived, while the other part wonders how I ever lived anywhere else. The last year has been filled with ups and downs [though truth be told- mostly ups], and each day has brought a new adventure. I've explored neighborhoods and forests, gotten lost [literally and figuratively], made lifelong friends, and truly found myself. Around each corner and over each hill is another opportunity, another moment of beauty, and another affirmation that moving here was the best decision I've ever made. I truly love San Francisco with all of my heart.
I guess it's about time I start sharing why I love SF so much, and so over the coming weeks I plan to do just that. First, a short time-lapse film of the fog- a part of San Francisco that I never thought I'd be able to endure. Last year, I left Boise's scorching summer temperatures and arrived to a blanket of fog that didn't lift for weeks. I had left my friends, family, and the sun behind- and my future was 100% undefined. Not only was I homesick, I was freezing. I resented the fog for forcing my summer dresses to the back of the closet and I prayed I'd soon get used to the city and the mid-summer chill.
As I gained my footing in my new environment, the fog somehow gained my admiration. I now embrace the weather here, and I wouldn't trade it for "all four seasons" or anything else. The video below is more than just a pretty film about a unique weather pattern. When I watch it, I see waves of symbolism- enough so that I was moved to tears. Seriously, forget Hallmark commercials... I'm now crying during fog videos. Embarrassing, right?? I guess that's just how much I love it here. Whether you're a Bay Area native or still hoping to someday visit- I suggest you watch below.