So, I've told you my first impressions of Austin, but what I didn't really delve into was how I am actually doing here. Here goes:
I've been asked if Austin meets my expectations. People think that my expectations were too high, and I was just putting it on a pedestal. I honestly didn't know what to expect from Austin. Having never been here before, my expectations were only as high as my knowledge of the place. I really love it here. The people are great, the weather is amazing, and it's just artsy enough for me without being too over the top. I haven't done much here, but I have time. I will admit that I get frustrated from time to time while looking for a job. The housing situation is still a question mark, but I like where I'm staying right now. There is a whole lot of instability going on in my life right now, everything is in flux, and I just want something that is stable. I get a little down or anxious about it sometimes, but I would so much rather be here in Austin with no residence and no job than in Duluth with the same issues. For those of you in Austin and the surrounding areas that see me and wonder if I disillusioned myself before coming down here, I didn't. I really love it here; I'm just in limbo for the moment, and that's a little frustrating. Am I still in the honeymoon phase? What honeymoon phase? There was none for me. My theory is that if you have expectations of things, you limit the potential good that can come from a situation. I doubt it's possible to have absolutely no expectations, but to keep them in check would be ideal for me.
So, how do I like Austin? Does it meet my standards?
I love Austin, and my standards were pretty low, so yes.