Escape From Utah 4/1/2005 1:15PM
Iím finally out. Iíve escaped the terrible gravitational pull of Utah. I imagine itíd be difficult for a non-Utahn to understandÖ the grip the state has on a person. Iíve seen it happen to a lot of friends, myself included. The loss of hope, the onset of despair, that youíll never be able to escape and change your life. Why does this happen? Is there a fear of change? A fear that youíll actually encounter something worse elsewhere?
What is it about Utah that pulls you back as well? It has happened to me; it has happened to friends of mine. People escapeÖ California, Las Vegas, VirginiaÖ but a return seems more common than not. Sure, there are worse places to live. If you donít believe me, just try living in Nebraska for a year and try to convince me otherwise. Iíve already been pulled back once; Iím going to do everything within my power to not let it happen again.
The major saving grace of Utah was my group of friends. I donít know if Iíd ever be able to completely recreate the group that means so much to me, but I have to try. I left a lot of my heart back there, but I was slowly dying, smothering myself. I was waiting for change in my life thatíd never happen. You can only have your life in limbo for so long before your heart starts to fade. To all of my friends that are miserable in your current lives out there: escape with your lives! Escape before itís too late. Thereís a whole world out here that youíd love.