Better Days Ahead

Today has been a much better day. I had a long talk with Alejandra last night over a few mojitos. She helped me realize that I’m more than just homesick. Ever since leaving Miami, I’ve been feeling survivor’s guilt and a sense of helplessness. Talking about it and writing about it has helped. The next big step is getting active again.

I’m an active person. Back in Miami, I had three jobs: electric vehicle technician, my therapeutic massage practice, and some part time canvassing and odd jobs for a few green groups. That was quite a juggling act that kept me very busy. It usually added up to about 50 or 60 hours per week. I could have just stuck with two jobs and saved myself some time. But I like to stay busy and I like to have savings. So I just kept learning new skills that related to my interest and could earn me a decent living.

So what I need most is to get active again. I don’t know long I’ll stay in Illinois, so I don’t want to make any serious commitments. But I could use at least a month here while I figure out my plans. Maybe I’ll just stay for the summer and save up some money before moving to a new city or going back to what’s left of Miami. I really do want to go back to Miami eventually, even if it’s just to help with the recovery for a while. But it will take some preparation.

Alejandra has a few ideas about where I could work and volunteer here in southern Illinois. We can work on it over the weekend and next week. In the meantime, she says there are a lot more people and music at the bars on the weekends. I’ll believe it when I see it. Either way, I’m sure we’ll have a good time. We always do.




My name is Kass and I'm an American climate refugee. This blog is the story of my life after leaving Miami in the wake of Hurricane Florence in June of 2030. I'm pleased to announce that Goodbye Miami is now an ebook! Please check out the ebook for the full text of all entries: Goodbye Miami on Amazon. Thanks for your support!