Everybody reads the news and knows what is going on in Detroit. Rampant crime, high unemployment rates, a failing educational system, the list is simply too long. The blind are leading the incompetent in that city and it shows in every way. Once a city of over 2 million citizens, Detroit has now fallen to a population of just over 900,000 people. The schools are ranked as some of the worst in the nation. Some people still have hope, some people still believe in a recovery, I don’t.
Many people fall in love. They have beautiful relationships filled with caring thoughts, romantic evenings, a luxurious wedding, a glamorous honeymoon, and wonderful children. But, things sometimes change. That person you fell in love with isn’t their normal self. Maybe they’re abusive. Infidelity creeps in. You fall out of love. Then you get divorced. Divorce occurs in half of all marriages according to the CDC. And people divorce for several reasons. But, mostly because they do not want to invest into the relationship anymore. Whether that’s emotionally, physically, monetarily, spiritually, or a combination of all four. The same reason people remove themselves from friendships or breakup with their boyfriend/girlfriend.
Now, I am divorcing Detroit. We had our time. The city helped mold me into the man that I am today. But now, the city does more harm to me and particularly my family than it does good. There’s no reason my family should be concerned for their lives just by choosing where to live. I go to work everyday and work hard everyday, so that I can have the opportunity to move my family out of the city. Detroit is no place to raise a child or have a family. And if you believe that it is, you’re either too emotionally invested, or you’re taking 7 gram rocks to the face with Charlie Sheen and you’re not #winning.
Detroit has provided me with excellent memories. I have formed friendships in that city that I will keep forever. The city taught me the value of hard work and hustling to get what you want out of life. I love the Lions and will continue to root for them. However, I can’t go back. It’s not an option. The city doesn’t do anything for me. I encourage all to give back, (which I will do) to the city if it has provided you anything. But, I can’t commit my life to the city, my tax dollars to the city, or my family to the city. If you choose to, by all means, go for it. But I can’t. I won’t. Goodbye Detroit.