The end of the line of the UP-West line is Elburn. It's the last stop on the way out of Chicago, or the first stop on the way in. It all depends on your perspective. It is kind of how I am looking at my life right now. It can either be the last stop of having kids in my home everyday or the first ride on the "What's next?" train.
Oh sure, it is hard to have things end. Actually, I take that back. Usually I really like having things end. I like when the sport's season is over. I like when it is the last day of camp. I strangely like watching finale's even if I haven't watched the program the whole time. I'm weird. I think I must like closure. But this time it's different. This change is bigger. My youngest is leaving for college.
But on a lighter note, it might also be that I have the attention span of a gnat.
I get bored and am ready to tackle something else. This train has kept me fairly busy and occupied for almost 2 years. I have ridden alone, I have met up with long lost friends, I have shared it with the friends I keep in touch with now, I have taken my mom and I have ridden with my son. I have LOVED exploring. I know the city better now than ever. I have a new found appreciation for walking the city streets and not just the Magnificent Mile. I learned the Loop where the regular people make a living and not just go into the city to shop. I appreciate the daily commuters.
I have also eaten better than a person should. So many restaurants, so little time, but I have barely cracked the nut on that one.
So before I end my blog, I would like to encourage you to be brave and try something new. Not everyone has the means to move to a new city for a few years, but you don't have to. Try a new restaurant, eat a new food, find a new way to look at things and people.
And if you've learned one thing from me or about me, other than the fact that I LOVE musicals, I will be happy. I hope I helped you to venture out, or listen to a great new song, or make a new recipe, or just leave your house and GO SOMEWHERE! ANYWHERE!
It wouldn't be right if I didn't close with a song, soooo as the Von Trapp family singers sang...
So long, farewell, Auf Weidersehen, goodbye
I leave and heave a sigh and say goodbye... goodbye... goodbye...