People leave Washington, DC all the time. It’s one of the few things that makes me question how perfect my beautiful town is. Most people, I think, stay in DC for three or maybe four years and then leave for grad school or because they got married, or to go back home to Georgia or something.
Here are a few reasons people I know have left DC. (These are all people I know in real life who invited me to their farewell happy hour/dinner/yoga class).
- Left to go to graduate school in Tennessee
- Left to go live with grandparents in Northern Michigan
- Left for a better job opportunity in California
- Left to be a US diplomat in Paraguay
- Left to be a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco
- Left to go back home to Portugal
You get the point. People leave constantly. I haven’t left. I have now lived in DC seven years, which by crazy DC standards is like maybe 3 days short of being a native. I am ancient here.
The good news about people leaving is that if you stay in DC for a very long time, seven years for example, you get to see people come back. And they do. It’s not true to say “they always do”, but a lot of them do.
Here are a few reasons people I know who have left DC have come back:
- Found a job in DC after graduate school somewhere else
- Happy hour before moving to Oxford to get a fancy degree
- On vacation from job/real life in Mexico City
- To spend Thanksgiving with genius sister who still lives in DC
- To pick up furniture left in storage after break-up with live-in girlfriend
- Because they realized there is no better city in the world
Ok. That last one hasn’t happened yet, but I am sure it will soon.