I moved to New York City a.k.a the Big Apple. Actually I have been here a year now but thanks to quarantine it doesn’t feel like that much time has passed. They say if you can make it in New York you can make it anywhere. I don’t know how true that is but I’ll tell you living in this city is an extreme sport. From careening through space and time in a crowded metal tube – a ride with a daily feature of crazy, extortionate (yet extremely competitive) rent, tax rates that have me weeping for my dear paycheck, a million events happening simultaneously, which induces major FOMO, the most stunning skyline, vibrant pulsating cultural melting pot, and aggressive cab drivers coupled with the city’s loud hum, there’s truly no place like New York. This Dorothy Parker quote beautifully captures the essence of New York:
London is satisfied, Paris is resigned, but New York is always hopeful. Always it believes that something good is about to come off, and it must hurry to meet it.Dorothy Parker
It’s that spirit—one of hope and ambition; that idea that anything can happen—that makes this city worth dealing with, even with all of its problems and grand peculiarities.
They say you can’t choose New York; New York has to choose you. Well, New York chose me. I was thrilled to be moving but the excitement was tempered by an absolute fear of failure, which was quickly replaced by imposter syndrome a few months in. Just when I thought I was finally settling in to the rhythm of the city, the world was turned upside down by the global pandemic. New York quickly became the epicenter and mother nature grounded humanity, which effectively halted my plans to explore… Oh the plans of mice and men…
I’ve heard every New Yorker has a story about the moment it hit them that they live in New York City. For me one of those moments came while I was standing at the World Trade Center in down town Manhattan – a towering skyscraper (there’s actually 8 centers, this is WTW 1) that symbolizes ambition, defiance, hope and resilience. At this moment I thought: I really live here, I really am a New Yorker. It’s crazy. So while it hasn’t been exactly a smooth one, I’m really excited that I landed in New York. And I am so looking forward taking in all the chaos and majesty of this concrete jungle.