The seventh stage: Acceptance
There’s some good news about this fraught, deliciously dysfunctional relationship. If you can make it work, there’s no place more worth the effort. For all of its issues, SF has it going on -- from the sweeping views (seemingly around every corner) and the proximity to nature. The culture is a constant state of revolution, against a backdrop of history that remains protected and immortalized by those who believe in the very idea of this small, but mighty city.
I, too, have felt the weight of San Francisco’s golden handcuffs, perhaps now more than ever -- the sense that breaking up with it over its issues means also leaving everything I fell in love with behind too... maybe forever. I don’t know if I’m ready for that sort of commitment. During my worst fights with San Francisco, I remember that no matter how long it lasts, there’s no denying this gorgeous place offers an affair to remember.