Leaving Chicago for me was very difficult. I love all that the city has to offer as well as the new friends I met. It's urban, busy, multi-cultural, liberal, and offers endless possibilities. On Sunday afternoon I really, really, really didn't want to board a plane bound for Oklahoma City. Here's how it went down returning home using the Kübler-Ross model, also known as the five stages of grief:
1. Denial - "Maybe my flight will get delayed for another few days."
2. Anger - "Why me? Why do I have to go back to Oklahoma City! I'll kill my parents for rearing me in this state! Now I know how Tulsans feel when they have to leave Oklahoma City after a visit!" I kid my Tulsa friends...
3. Bargaining - "Please Allah, if you find some way for me to get to stay here permanently I'll become a devout follower of Muhammad and the Qur'an."
4. Depression - "I wish I were dead. Yes I'll have another ten dollar airport beer please."
5. Acceptance - "It's not that bad here in Oklahoma City, in fact our little town has grown up quite a lot over the past 15 years. Oh and it's really cool that I have great friends, a close community, and my family is here."
Yeah, I'm still waiting on the acceptance step to kick in!