Funny question because for years I would always answer that with "I live in LA, but I'm from Chicago". Now, do I say "I'm from LA but originally Chicago" or "I live in Cincinnati but I'm from LA"? Do people care where I'm from "originally"? Well let's see when the time comes. All I know is that when I went out on Friday night, I told my brother to tell his friends that I came in from LA. I wasn't ready to explain the whole Ohio bit yet (sorry, Cincy friends). I hope you understand that this will take some time.
I was born and raised in Naperville (Chicago suburb) but I say I grew up in Los Angeles. This is the city that molded me and helped me "mature". Now to some people, that doesn't necessarily mean it's a good thing, especially if you think I've gotten too "kale life" or "Miss Hollywood". However you analyze it doesn't really matter to me. All I know is that I really learned about myself and grew up...ish...in SoCal.
So today, I wrapped up my Labor Day weekend in Chicago. I normally pack up and get dropped off at Midway for my flight back to LA, but this time I packed my trunk and drove off to Ohio. It was a strange feeling knowing that I wasn't going back to California. It really hasn't hit me yet that I won't be seeing some of my friends for a while. The past few weeks have just felt like I was on vacation and not really in a transition into a new life.
I don't have a lesson to be learned (yet) with all of this. I'm just taking it in and going about my day one step at a time. I also just wanted to share my feelings because I know people keep asking how I'm adjusting. The quick answer is that I don't feel like I've moved yet, so there really hasn't been much to adjust to.
It takes a lot for me to call a place "home". Maybe I'll accept Cincinnati as that sooner than I did LA. It wasn't until recently that I admitted LA was home. My pride still referred to Chicago/Naperville as my home, but I recently realized my heart has moved to another city. Not completely, but it split apart and now lies in Los Angeles as well. I'm sure my heart will love Ohio eventually, but for now it's still on vacation mode.