Leaving Boulder, the place I called home for three decades, was a decision that tugged at my heart, but it illuminated a profound truth – change can be a catalyst for wonderful things. In our comfort zones, it’s easy to become complacent, sticking to routines that feel safe and familiar. But sometimes, venturing into the unknown, embracing change, is where true growth happens.

Boulder, a town I deeply loved, had undergone a transformation, and the changes were unmistakable. The peaceful streets I once strolled had given way to congested roads, the cost of living soared, and the town’s original charm was fading into the past. It was time for a new chapter, even though leaving behind a place that had held my heart for so long was not easy.

One of the most noticeable shifts in my daily life was the transition from falling asleep to the distant, haunting echoes of coyotes in the mountains to the gentle and rhythmic chants of seals by the ocean. This change in my bedtime soundtrack epitomized the power of change – it brought fresh perspectives and new experiences.

Change isn’t just about leaving behind the old; it’s also about embracing the new. While I will forever treasure the sunsets over the Rocky Mountains and the breathtaking views, I’ve come to love the sunsets over the Pacific Ocean and the soothing sound of waves crashing on the shore. Change reminds us that there is beauty to be found in every place, and every place can hold its own unique magic.

As I write these words, I am sitting by the window, listening to the gentle rhythm of the Pacific Ocean’s waves and gazing at its immense beauty. The view of the ocean is a constant reminder of the remarkable change I embraced, leaving behind the Rockies for the grandeur of the sea. It’s a testament to the transformative power of change and the new, awe-inspiring experiences it can bring into our lives. The Pacific’s vast expanse, with its ever-changing hues at sunset, continues to inspire and uplift my spirit, reaffirming that sometimes, taking a leap into the unknown can lead to a world of beauty and serenity that we never knew existed.

green and brown rock formation on blue sea under blue sky during daytime

Thank you, Boulder, for giving me the best years of my life. Your mountains and your spirit will forever hold a special place in my heart.