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June 13, 2007


Romulus Burnett

You know you wrote this blog entry for me, Swoopey Swoops. Thank you gurl! Anyways, seriously, though, you just don't know how much I feel you about living in Birmingham. I moved back to my hometown after living in Miami for a few years. Actually, I left Birmingham at 18, went to Auburn University, transferred to University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) where I graduated, then I moved back to Birmingham. It was cool for a while, then it got boring so I went off to grad school at Alabama A&M - even MORE boring.

I moved to Miami and lived there a few years, came back to A&M to finish my masters degree and moved back home to Birmingham. The city had changed ALOT since I had originally left. Nevertheless, I'm feeling the same way right now as you felt when you was a sophmore at UAB. I'm heading back to Florida. Don't get me wrong - Birmingham is a great city and there's a lot more attractions and places to go now. But it's the social atmosphere that's incredibly stagnent.

On top of people being cliquish and clanish there's an enormous void in the dating arena here. If you don't get married by the time you're 21 around here you will miss the boat - everyone here is under the impression that you have to get married as soon as the milk dries from the cracks of your mouth. The next sector of single people doesn't happen until the late 30's to early 50's category where most people realized they were stupid for marrying at 21 years old.


I can dig I ya'll. I was born and raised in a small city near big ones. 30 minute drive to Philly and my hometown people are as stagnant as a dead apple to me. So I headed to Atlanta, then north Jersey and NYC and then to Tokyo. I have checked out Miami, L.A., Bangkok,Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, and Mexico City just to name a few, and all it doers is make me yearn for more. Follow your heart. better yet follow your spirit. It will never steer you wrong. Your head and brain will. For now its Tokyo but the world is so small to me now and I want more of it.


Thank you! I'm a new reader here and this story is really inspiring. I'm 23 and I'll be going to Temple University Japan (TUJ) in August. It's cool because the day my plan will touch ground is my birthday (Aug 20th). I'm not sure what I really wanna do in life but I CAN'T just....stay here and work. I'm so miserable at my job (I work in retail which I hate. Not because of my particular job, it's just that retail is NOT in my future career plans). When I discovered TUJ back in December/January, I worked hard at getting every single document as soon as humanly possible to make a smooth transisiton and I'm still running into road blocks but all this is paying off. Soon, I'll be in Tokyo. I've never lived by myself, and never been out of the country. I'm going alone and I'm scared but completely excited! Just....little stories like this give me much positive energy. Thanks.


Thank you for this! I've been wanting to leave Baltimore for so long. There is just nothing here for me. For years now I've been hearing this voice in my head saying Japan (no I'm not crazy)and I finally decided to listen to it. Congrats Lauren for being accepted in to TUJ! I'm appling this fall and hope to be there fall of 2008. I hope to see you there.


Well said, It is better to go for it, than to look back and regret!


I'll agree with them, this is really inspiring. I'm at a time now, where I'm sick of the view and afraid that nothing will change. I just need to stop being lazy and do something about it. I think my calling is somewhere in Europe, more like England. Blame it on "football" I guess ^-^


Okay, I know I'm year late but this article was really inspiring. I'm working 8 hours a day, going to college, and in the long run missing out so much. I feel trapped and the only enjoyment I get from life in Birmingham is the food.

Simply put, I need to change my skyline. But a part of me is very scared to do so, especially since I'm trapped by motherhood. My daughter is so young, only two, and I don't know if I can handle a move far away from my family. But, I guess it wouldn't hurt to try.


Wow. This is so interesting that I ran across your site...as I literally am sitting here looking out at the Birmingham skyline, thinking I need to make a change(love the view, but know it's time to go). I want to do an RTW but don't have deep enough pockets just yet...I would need to work. I am considering teaching in Japan. Perhaps this is a sign...


Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this write-up and the rest of the site is very good.


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