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Finding a Place That Feels Right

August 4, 2014 |

Dear Mr.Keillor,

I am hoping you will respond and that it will put my soul at ease. I have been in school/training for 15 years since graduating from high school and since finishing my studies over a year ago, I have moved twice in the hopes that I will find the place where I belong. Now I am back at home with my parents and soon will be moving to a small town a few hours away and in my mind I am afraid it won't do either. How do I find where I belong or the place that feels right?

Diane of Colorado

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I'm not an expert on relocation, Diane, since I live a few miles from where I went to college and a few more miles from where I grew up. I do think that work is the best reason to relocate and that if you find work you are meant to do in a workplace where you can roost comfortably, then you can endure harsh climate, bad traffic, losing teams, and lousy politics. Some people move in search of a moderate climate but they're older -- some move to be closer to family -- some because they're wanted by the cops -- but I think that good work is the steadying factor. If you have that, then you can make friends, make a life for yourself, plant a garden, get a dog, join a choir, buy a barbecue and learn to broil steaks, and all the rest of it. Good luck.

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