Alice came to a fork in the road. "Which road do I take?" she asked.
"Where do you want to go?" responded the Cheshire Cat.
"I don't know" Alice answered.
"Then," said the Cat, "it doesn't matter."
-Lewis Carol, Alice in Wonderland
But, for better or for worse, I have managed to decide on just one: New Orleans. While I know that in the long term I would be happier in Maine, New Orleans will give me the short term experience and support I need. I've already invested so much into it that I might as well carry through and then next year I can go north to an island and maybe the year after that... Well, I could go any place. So it's time to get to work. I have a whole class to get done before I head down and money to be saving if I'm going to stay fed through the summer.
This is me trying to be grown up and making a decision based not on what I want right now, but on what will have the greater benefit down the road. New Orleans might be higher stress but it's still a great city. Maybe I'll take up Yoga or something.