So lately Paul and I have been pretty restless about our lives. We are always talking about our goals, our plans for paying off our student loans, to-do lists around the house, where we want to be in the next few years, etc. These past few weeks we’ve been really restless about our house. Almost every night one of us would be on the MLS website searching for new houses for sale. We’d see a cute house that we’d like, show the other person, and then move on to the next one. It’s like window shopping, but with houses. Eventually we found one that we both liked, it was ridiculously cheap, and in a town we knew we’d enjoy. So, yesterday we drove to the house just to check out the neighborhood and what it really looked like from the outside (photos can be unbelievably deceiving). My hopes are always high and the picture in my head always resembles a quaint little neighborhood, set in the country, far from the busy roads. Houses are kept up, some with front porches. The downtown is bustling with “Mom & Pop shops”…so it’s always a bummer when the real thing is far from my imagination. As was this house. And so many others that we have checked out in the past.
We drove home, somewhat disappointed, and then we started talking about how much we really do like our house, our neighborhood, our neighbors, and most importantly, our location. And instead of thinking of things that we wished we had, we began to talk about how we can fix up/update/decorate our little house and backyard to further enjoy it. And with Pinterest the way it is, there’s always a way to do anything you want to your house/yard. We made a list of things that were important to us to have in our house/yard and to be honest, we’re pretty excited.
We’ve figured out that we’d so much rather stay here and make our house our dream house than go somewhere else to find it. The grass can be greener where you are, as long as you take the time to take care of it (brilliant, Sebastion: “The seaweed is always greener in somebody else’s lake…but that is a big mistake”). And as my dad always says: “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” :)