Recently a friend informed me that she was moving to Oregon, to be closer to her boyfriend. She knew from the look on my face that I didn’t approve at all. Although they were together for over a year, there were times when they took hiatuses from each other. But now she was contemplating uprooting her life.

When I moved to Maryland 9 years ago, it was under the guise of a new job. But, a budding relationship played a huge role in it as well. Sure I had secured a position, but before that I secured a boyfriend as well. He was the icing on the cake. The Galant was packed, apartment eventually found, then I became a Maryland resident.

Although the job opportunity lasted a few years, after a few months the guy and I parted ways. Although we broke up, till this day we remain in contact with each other. I explained my story to my girlfriend just so she could contemplate her move a little harder. Moving from Maryland to Oregon, isn’t a 3 hour move from New Jersey to Maryland.

Last week we said our farewells before she packed the last of her items into the moving pods. I wished her luck and gave her a huge hug. As she pulled off in her car, I texted her boyfriend, “You better be good to her, or else”. He responded with a, “Yes, mean ass”. Sometimes in life you have to throw caution to the wind and follow your heart. But that also means you have to take what comes next, whether good or bad.

Would you relocate for a significant other?

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