This Is My Town

I was born and raised in London, Ontario, Canada. My family is here, my friends are here, my life is here.

When I was little I wanted to be the weather girl on Channel 10. My best friend and I would steal money from our parents, buy lots of candy from the corner variety store and hide under the CFPL tower. We’d eat our sugar and pretend to be on the news.

When I grew up that dream faded as I realized that other parts of London actually did exist. When I was 13, I went downtown (without parental supervision) for my first date with a boy. When I turned 16, I performed the next right of passage for all Londoners at the time – I went to the Ridout with fake id. Obviously, downtown was the place to be.

When I was 19, I got my first official job at Bell Canada in the core of the city and I thought my life was set. I had finally made it! I only lasted at Bell for about four months before I called it quits. Pretty funny thinking about it now.

I’ve been to the Western Fair and just about every festival there is in London. I’ve skated in every arena and run through every park in the city. I’ve been to the Pioneer Village, Eldon House, the Old Court House, the new Court House, the Children’s Museum, Museum London…you name it.

I can tell you that Dundas St. used to curve like an ‘S‘ after Adelaide, the JLC used to be the Ice House in the South end, The Mews was an entire mall underground and The Great West Steak House used to be a killer restaurant!

When I go out in London, I see someone I know 90% of the time and yet, I’m always meeting great new people.

I love it here, but when it comes to my career I often question my decision to stay in London.

So, I ask you…what if you were forced to choose? If you had to start your career all over again, would you stay in the city you call home or would you move to another city where it might be easier to advance?

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12 Responses to This Is My Town

  1. City Mom says:

    Well as a lover of London as well I would say you stay. I have more reasons than just loving London though.
    1. Happiness is the key to longevity. While your career holds a huge percentage of your happiness in life it’s not everything. You sound like you love London so much and that is also a huge percentage of your life.
    2. London is growing more and more each day. Possibilities are opening up all over the place and I believe you could find a very successful career here.
    3. You get more for your money in London. Sure Toronto is all cool and stuff but you’ll never get the space in T.O. like you would here. Success is great but it’s all relative. I guess it depends on how one measures it.

    Best of luck in your decision.

  2. Kelly says:

    I agree with City Mom, however there is nothing wrong with trying something new. A new city can be an exciting change, and there is always a spare room or blow up mattress back home for visits!

  3. @mishyme says:

    I made that same decision 4.5 years ago when I moved to London. I was born and raised in Waterloo. All my family and friends are there. My world is there. Everytime I visit, I bump into someone I know. It’s such a good feeling! I moved to London for a job. I came here with no friends or family – alone. It was hard for the first year but then I made some good friends. It’s hard starting over in a new city as an adult. If I could have found this job I have now, in Waterloo, I would never have left. If you can do something that makes you happy and pay the bills, here in London. Stay!

    • Kim Forgetta says:

      Aw, thanks! I often wonder what the right balance between work and personal life should be. I lived quite happily for years as a student with barely a dollar to my name but I do love my Coach handbags, my Uggs and my lululemons!

  4. Kenneth says:

    In my opinion, if you want to be successful, you need to be ‘mobile’ And by successful I do not mean do well in your current role, you have to think ‘long-term’ is this the job you see yourself doing for ‘x’ number of years to come? Is it a stepping stone to something bigger and better. What are ‘your’ goals? When you answer that, your decision will become apparent. The reality of it is, success is not measured on your career, it’s measured on your happiness. And that’s how ‘KC’ see’s it!!

  5. Shannon says:

    Stay in London with me :)

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