I've spent the last 18 months flying solo — from spending time with family in the Pacific Northwest, working a project in New York for the summer, and bouncing around Southeast Asia. Which means no consistent environment & no close friend circle. I've hit the point where I'm over focusing on myself. The truth is, you're a product of your environment. For me, I find that I'm the happiest when I'm working with other people, sharing experiences, and collaborating — *in person* with people who share my values. Not in migrating around and not committing to things/people/places. I'm ready to surround myself with other people who share my values and invest in building a consistent social circle, jiu-jistu partners, and professional network through work, events, and experiences (post-COVID of course). In my opinion, San Francisco is still the place where you go to build companies, hire talent, and experience the wonderful serendipity of the city. Yes the city is shitty, full of problems, and expensive. However, until we have Charter Cities that again, pull people with the same values, there are only a handful of options for young professionals to go and thrive. I mean, if you're in your 20's and were initially attracted to a big city, you're going to have a challenging time doing those "big city" things anywhere else: dating, networking, sharing experiences, and building friendships with people who share your values. Trust me, living in your parents guest bedroom is great financially, but it eventually becomes too expensive socially, emotionally, and professionally to stay isolated.
Beautiful, calm, weather, forest trails, Padden Lake, Pugeot Sound, San Juan Islands, Canada