2019 was quite the year of ups and downs for me, and this blog fell into full neglect during it. I did not publish a single blog post in the entire year. That’s something I’d like to change in 2020, but I will get into that in another post because that’s not the focus right now.
So here’s what happened in 2019, in more-or-less chronological order, as bullets because I don’t want to get too bogged down in the details of everything.
Started my first full-time job in Germany!
Started officially dating my boyfriend. <3
Had a falling out with my roommate at the time.
Went to my first ever doctor’s appointment in Germany, with my Diabetologist. I cried, because she gave me every prescription I needed and I didn’t have to pay a copay afterwards.
Filled my first prescription for Insulin in Germany. It cost only 10€. I cried for this, too.
With news of Supreme Court Justice Kennedy’s impending retirement, many of my American friends have more seriously and openly started considering moving out of the US. A Supreme Court stacked with conservative, Republican-picked justices is a Supreme Court that’s a danger to women, minorities, people with disabilities, Muslims, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized groups. It’s easy to see why there’s an increasing desire to move away from the United States. And, to be honest? Having done it myself, I can tell you it’s a great option. I encourage anyone who wants to move abroad to look into it. I didn’t move for political reasons, but it is as valid a reason as any.
That being said, I’ve seen some backlash in comments on social media against moving out of the US. “You should stay and fight.” “You’re a coward if you move.” “Not everyone has the privilege or the means to move.” I’d like to address these, from the perspective of someone who has taken that leap and moved abroad.
When I was young, I never thought I’d live outside of New York City. I never really thought about it because, really, the city is so big and so diverse that I felt it had everything I needed. I was born there, I went to school there, I wanted to work there and carve out a life for myself there. However the idea of moving abroad always appealed to me. I was lucky enough to be able to travel to Europe in high school and ever since I have nursed an active wanderlust, traveling as frequently as my wallet will allow. Moving abroad is like turning travel up to 11, and I’ve always dreamed of doing it even though I never intended to leave the city I still consider home.