I have a love/hate relationship with Toronto. I left the tdot back in late 1996 only to return in 2003. It was probably one of the hardest decisions I’ve made returning back to Toronto. It was much easier to leave than to come back. This is by no way an insult to Toronto, but leaving Toronto was made with the intention of not coming back, so deciding to come back was tough.
I love the buzz of Toronto, but its also what I hate about it. Living 6 years in the west coast has made me appreciate the serenity of things and to take a moment to breath and live life. Everything is at a much slower pace there and I learned to embrace it.
What else do I love about Toronto? The beaches, St. Lawrence Market, Distillery District, Eaton Centre (it was my life back in the university days – oh the memories!), Harbourfront, Toronto Zoo, Art Gallery of Ontario, Centre Island, Old Chinatown (not as it is now, but back in the day). The great restaurants and the different ethnicity’s represented here.
My hate for the city is what its become, too big for its britches. And just the sheer craziness of the streets now. I feel like it’s a task to do simple things like driving downtown. Before I left Toronto it was never an issue, didn’t have to worry about traffic and now? There is always traffic on the dvp. How it’s changed. And the climate, so much more pollution than before. Personally, well, my life has completely changed since coming back. I feel almost like an outsider, better now than when I first returned, but the feeling remains.
Anyways, I’m not really whining or griping about anything in particular, but I was just thinking about what the next few years will bring for me. It reminds me that I have a lot of things to accomplish in order to reach a few goals I’ve set for myself.