Why do I stay in Bellingham despite its housing situation? I stay because of the beauty and magic of Whatcom County and Washington State. I don’t necessarily stay for the people here, but sometimes I meet someone who is truly kind and not putting on an act. And I understand too that we’re all in the healing process. The entire planet is shifting and healing. But I still ask myself if there is somewhere else I could go where life would be easier and less despairing.
For now I have the beautiful lakes to experience momentary joy or to cry along side with the lake absorbing my tears. Bellingham is often the loneliest place I’ve ever lived. And with new people moving here I wonder if I’ll some day find my tribe.