Moving to Seattle was never on my radar growing up. From upstate New York, it was distant land that mainly existed in Grey’s Anatomy episodes. But it’s kind of funny because the idea of the city has seemed to follow me throughout my life. In fifth grade we did a project on the fifty states. For some reason, I was drawn to Washington and chose to study Seattle and it’s surroundings. Little did my 10 year-old self know then, this city would become such a large part of who I am.
I love it’s history and it’s sense of youth. This city makes you feel your big dreams are valid and attainable. There is this drive for the discovery of new things; things few others have yet to try or do. Yes, some would call this “hipster”, but I think it’s exciting.
This city is full of tiny corner shops and bustling market streets. It doesn’t rain quite as often as everyone says it does, and it’s home to an extraordinary set of active, creative people trying to make their mark.
This city has taught me that the world isn’t as large as we think it is, and with some hard work and the right people in your corner, anything is possible.
Photos: Lora Grady