Bloom Where You Are Planted


When I first moved back to Blacksburg last summer, for being somewhere I had previously lived for four years, it strangely felt like a whole new world to me. A big part of that was that I really enjoyed getting to see it from new vantage points, like on my bike or on the run. Since I was never an outdoorsy kind of person, I had never taken a long walk to the Duck Pond or hiked the Cascades or run the Huckleberry Trail, but once I moved back, I couldn't get enough of those things. I did my fair share of exploring over the summer and fall, but then winter came. Spring has been teasing us here and there for the last few weeks, but as of this past weekend, it seems like it's here to stay.

Except, now that it's finally sunny and pleasant out...I'm not here to stay. At least not for now. In just over a week I'll be loading a Uhaul and driving it back to the other side of the state where I'll be working for the next 3 months. And since I've been so busy the last couple of weeks, I've barely had an opportunity to get out and do much before taking off for the summer. I would be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to leaving; as much as I've enjoyed my last 9 months here, I know where home is and I'm on pins and needles thinking about getting back. But as excited as I am for this new, albeit short chapter, I want to make sure I don't rush through this current season and that I take some time to enjoy it when I can.

This past weekend, I got a chance to just be here, to enjoy my surroundings, to bloom where I am planted. Becky came into town for a short visit - not to do anything in particular, but just to be here. To walk on campus, see Burruss, go to dinner at The Cellar and brunch at Gillie's, and that is exactly what we did. She couldn't have picked a better weekend to come, as there was a wine festival on Saturday (which we didn't find out about until the day before, but it worked out perfectly for her visit). We drove over and parked near the stadium, then walked the 3/4 of a mile up to where the festival was being held on the outskirts of campus. It's a climb to get up there, but the view was just perfect.

We spent way more time waiting in line than we actually did drinking wine (until we wised up on our 3rd tent and each bought a bottle to carry with us), but there was something that felt so good about standing in an open field under the bright blue sky on a warm almost-summer day. I'm not sure I would have even thought to venture out to the festival if Becky hadn't been in town and if I didn't think it sounded like something she might like to do, but fortunately she was totally game.



The next day we slept in a bit before heading to a popular brunch spot downtown, and after we finished eating we took some time to walk around campus. Any Hokie will quickly tell you that there's just something about our campus. We might be a little biased, but we're all insistent that it's without a doubt the most beautiful campus on the planet. Even though I walk, run, and/or bike through it on a daily basis, and try to remind myself to look around and take it all in, I still sometimes forget that I'm lucky I get to look at those limestone buildings whenever I want.


After we toured the main part of campus, we made a detour to walk through the gardens, something I can't believe I've never done before (my freshman year dorm is visible from the garden entrance, for crying out loud). It was another opportunity to just be and exist.

Blacksburg has never been my favorite of the places I've lived, but I love it all the same. I never thought I'd move back here and I had some serious reservations about doing so. My first 4 years here were wildly tumultuous and when I left in 2009, I thought I had closed the book for good. I spent those years waiting for the next thing - waiting to graduate, waiting to leave, waiting to start my career, and my real life. I never took the opportunity to really look around and let myself be all there. I know I'm not here for good, but while I am, I want to grow. I want to bloom, right here, right where I am planted.

15 comments :

  1. It's so hard to not wish away our current days when we have something down the road we're looking forward to! It sounds like such a good visit with Becky-- and a great way to spend some time really taking advantage of all the things Blacksburg has to offer before you move for the summer. What a great reminder to make the most of where you are.

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  2. Waiting for the next chapter is a big theme in my life too. This is a great reminder to live in the moment!

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  3. I love that saying and I used to think of it a lot when we first moved back to Brandon and then bought a house there. I never planned on going back and especially never thought of settling down there (for a little while), but that saying reminded me to enjoy where I was and to live in the moment. Another one I liked was, "No matter where you go, there you are." It reminded that we're in control of making our own happiness. It's so easy to get caught up in that "the grass is always greener" mentality instead of making the most of the life we already have.

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  4. Oh Tracy, I needed to read this post today. Things have been pretty darn hard around here. We've been playing the waiting game for years, and it's only getting tougher. But... I know I need to bloom where I am planted.
    Yay for spending the summer in a place you love! You sure will bloom, sweet girl!

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  5. You two seriously had the best weekend! I know you guys had a blast!!! :) wine & good friends? Heck yeah!

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  6. I like this post. I don't have an engaging comment but just wanted you to know that.

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  7. I think a friend making you venture out & doing things you wouldn't normally do always makes things better & gives you new eyes....

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  8. I'm always guilty of wanting to rush through certain stages of life, or different phases. I have trouble accepting the present at times, and this was a nice reminder. So glad ( and a bit jealous!) you and Becky got to have such a fun weekend!

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  9. I'm so glad you ladies had a fun and fulfilling weekend. I love this idea of blooming where you are planted... and oh man, I can't believe you head back to the beach so soon! That snuck up pretty quickly, huh?

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  10. I love this. I think many of us are always focused on what's next...what's next...that we don't take to appreciate the now. Sounds like you guys had a great weekend!

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  11. Bah I'm so lame and totally teared up reading this haha. I just love that saying so much and I feel like you perfectly described it here! I'm so so glad I could come visit and help you bloom a little more this weekend :) I feel like returning to a nostalgic place, all you want to do is just BE there. I learned a lot about myself while at Tech, about my friends, relationships, life and returning to it, just makes me think about it all over again. Walking around the drillfield and being in the gardens, the memories just came flooding back. On the drive home I was thinking about it a lot and where I am now in life. In between Serial podcasts of course :P

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  12. this is such a fabulous post. i love it. i feel like i'm always waiting to do this or that, wishing the time away, never looking around at where I am. It wasn't until we visited Sydney last year that I really saw my city for the first time - whoops. All the photos you share of your campus - definitely looks like the most beautiful to me! I am so excited for you to head back to the beach and do fun things.. and blog all about them ;)

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  13. i've never been there, so I love hearing of new-to-me places! howngorgeous is that campus? i wanna roll around on that grass.

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  14. I'm so glad you both had fun together! I try to enjoy the stages of life I'm in, but it's really easy to wish time away. I hope you love living so close to the beach!

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  15. Beautiful words. Yay for the move and Im glad you're looking forward to it even if its for three months but the message is also great as well.... enjoy you time in Blacksburg while you are there. You're so right- We are always waiting for the next big thing instead of enjoying whats right in front of us. Im happy for you girl. :)

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