In love with Irvine
The February focus on relationships got us thinking about ones that go wrong. We like to think that once we take a big step in life, that it’s forever. For many of us it is, and that’s a joyous thing. But people change, they grow up, evolve and sometimes they drift apart.
The things that were once important and true about a relationship—what first brought partners together—may no longer be part of the picture as both parties mature.
Breaking up is hard to do, but at times it’s best for everyone. Many of us realize that the lessons of an unsuccessful relationship help us make our ultimate one work.
We all know some who hold on too long, unable to move on, complaining about the present while yearning for days long past.
The same can be true about our love affair with where we live. Irvine is not the same place it was in the 1970s, 1980s or even last decade. If that’s when you fell in love with the city, today’s Irvine may not be what you signed up for, and you’re not willing to change with it.
If you yearn for the day when Irvine was a sparsely populated suburb, a highly homogenous bedroom community with a small town atmosphere and a limited economy with residents who largely depended on jobs located elsewhere, it may be time to break up with the place you fell in love with long ago.
That can be difficult, especially when so many are passionate about the new Irvine, with its booming economy, cultural diversity, superlative schools, bustling boulevards, and incredible inclusiveness. Not to mention all those exciting culinary hot spots replacing familiar old restaurant chains. But the fact is the old Irvine is gone, and it’s not coming back.
We grew up with the old Irvine, and recall it with fondness. But we are madly, passionately in love with the new Irvine. It’s an exciting, challenging place. There are growing pains, certainly. But we’re happy to be part of the solution, working toward the future together, rather than fixating on a past that’s...in the past.
Won’t you join us?