Could anyone help correct this sentence?
"After leaving my sweet little coastal hometown, wherever I go, I have to live somewhere near the water--be it a river, or the sea."
The situation is that I left and returned my hometown a couple of times, and will leave again soon. I want to describe that as long as I leave and go to somewhere else, I have to live near the water, so the verb I use the present tense. Is this sentence correct?