It was nearly eleven when we finally got to Austin and met Melany at Magnolia's (one of my favorites–if you hadn't noticed that I eat there every time I go to Austin) since the three of us hadn't eaten dinner. The next day we put on lipstick, slipped on some heels, bought a vacuum, and went to Mary's shower. The four of us plus Britny were asked by Mary's other friends to tell stories of "high school Mary," which was very fun. It was great to see everyone's reactions when we told them of all the weird things Mary used to (still) does, like spray Febreze in her hair when she didn't have time to shower.
Later that night the four of us plus Britny and Melissa went to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which was absolutely perfect and emotionally scarring. I usually don't cry in public places, like a movie theater, for example. I can usually hold it together pretty well, but I cried throughout the entire movie. I may have still been crying in the car afterward. What I am saying is this: Go see this movie as soon as you can, but definitely don't go alone. If you go without your Melany, you will be in the fetal position on the theater floor by the time the credits roll.
We didn't set any alarms and slept in on Sunday, which was nice because we were exhausted, but not because we had to leave as soon as we woke up. Leaving Austin never gets any easier. It has had my heart since my eighteenth birthday when Melany and I stood on her brother's balcony, looking out at the downtown lights and listening to the sound of the highway. There is just something about it that feels right.
Each time I go, my love for the city grows. It's a nice reminder that all of the work I'm doing now isn't for nothing. People ask me why I'm taking so many hours in school, why can't I just stay one more semester, why I want to move to Austin–because it makes me happy. There is no better reason than that.
I hope, if you haven't yet, you find the place that feels like home. You may have never lived there, you may have lived there your entire life, you may have only visited once–that doesn't matter. The point is that you get there as soon as you can. Do everything you can to get home.