So with all the building, and more people living here...the roads are congested, even if they are 4 or 5 lanes at times. It took me 40 - 50 minutes to get from downtown Denver to Englewood, a 6.6 mile ride. I was so frustrated by the time I got to the area, I didn't even want to look at the places...so I turned around and sat in traffic for over an hour to get back north of Denver. I burst out in sobs, I left New York to get away from traffic...I don't want a long commute, I don't want traffic, I want a happy life near the mountains. I wanted affordable housing...but with the housing boom...things are not so affordable. I started to doubt that I made the right decision. Was I crazy to be doing this? But I thought, once I find a job then I will intentionally pick a place to live where I don't have to worry about this horrible traffic on an everyday basis.
When my car beeped at the 2 hour mark - I was shocked that I spent over two hours in the car to go nowhere. I was so frustrated. I stupidly answered my phone when my parents called, and sobbed to them about how frustrated I was with the traffic, and the horrible extended stay hotels. They assured me after such a stressful period in my life, it is completely normal to have this breakdown, now that I am here...the reality is setting in and it is flooding my emotions. Did I want to go back home they asked? After 2 days here, no way! I need to give it at least 6 months. So, I need to be prepared for a very difficult time for the next few weeks/months until I get adjusted. I really didn't think this far through back home, as a planner it is so hard to not know what is coming, where I'll be staying, where the job will be; with so many unknowns I think it is normal for a meltdown.