Reflections after moving to SF from Miami
A while back I made a post discussing whether or not I should move from Miami to San Francisco in order to accept my dream job. Now that I have been living and working for SF for a month, I figured I'd give my initial thoughts for anyone who cares.
My initial reaction was that San Francisco was pretty nice to explore. I moved a week before I had to start work so I spent 6 days walking around the city. SF has a lot to see in terms of parks, hiking trails, famous streets, cliff and ocean views, and beaches. Granted it was like 60-70 degrees compared to the 80+ that I was used to in Miami.
Once I started work the initial thrill of having a new city to explore wore off pretty quickly, and the rough edges of SF really started to show. I like my role and my group and my bank so far, but outside of the office, the reality of living in SF set in quick.
Despite making over $200k, SF is expensive af. My compensation offer was very generous. Getting my first banking paycheck felt great. However compared to Miami, everything I bought felt twice as expensive. Lunch was always $20+ instead of the $8 dollar cuban sandwiches I could get outside my Miami office. My rent is significantly higher for a space much smaller and older. Even buying groceries felt like it was eating up my paycheck.
The homelessness problem is disturbing. I read in many different places that San Francisco has a notoriously bad homelessness problem due to "overly compassionate" politics or whatever, making the city an attractive place to migrate to if you're homeless. I was not expecting it to be as bad as it is. The city has a few bubbles that are clean and appear to be much more normal. However, on most streets in the city I saw rows of tents, people doing drugs right on the sidewalk early in the morning, wandering around looking like actual zombies. It was disturbing. On a human level I felt like these people need to be helped, but the reality is that their brains have most likely eroded to a mush-like state due to the drug consumption, and they do not know right from left. It's quite sad.
It hasn't been easy making friends. Miami is such a social city that it is very easy to go out on your own and have no issues meeting people your age or girls worth talking to. Maybe I just haven't figured out where to go out yet, but I haven't really met anyone my age. Hopefully this changes closer to the Summer. Also, moving away to a completely new city is difficult in general.
Do I regret moving out of Miami? I don't think so. Miami is an amazing city to live in, but having gone to college there, it was weird to go from having a college mindset to a working professional mindset while living in the same place and doing the same things on weekends. Having moved away I now feel like I'm in SF for a purpose and to actually grow professionally. Miami is a better place to be for those who have already established themselves but I think it's hard to get into banking there early on. There's also just so many distractions.
I'm looking forward to seeing what more SF has to offer. They Bay Area definitely has its pros and cons and I feel like I haven't even really scratched the surface yet. I think it will be interesting to see how I feel about my move another 5 months from now.
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