I wanted to post today because yesterday was my one year anniversary of living in New York. I know people say it all the time, but I honestly don't know where the time went. The past year has absolutely flown by and as is exciting as it is, it's also extremely terrifying. Life is starting to move at hyper-speed and I'm not ready yet! I loved being new in the city. It gave me excuses to be unaware and made me unafraid of what was to come.
I remember when I first moved here I would wake up everyday, look out my window and think, "There's no way I live here." I remember just thinking that this was my summer vacation and that'd it all be over soon.
When August rolled around and classes started up again the "summer vacation" thought faded away and turned into a "holy shit I live in this city." I was constantly amazed by the beauty of New York. When winter really hit (and stayed forrrevvverrrr) I knew I was in it for real. Why people (including me) put up with such horrible temperatures is beyond me.
I'll admit I started to resent the city and it's dirty streets, rude people and overpriced everything during the winter. There was just no way to be happy. Then we'd get these little days here and there where the sun would come out and really shine. Sure, they were few and far between, but when it came it was all consuming and it made you forget about the days before.
Now, being here a year, I'm used to it all -- the good and the bad. It's normal for me to pay $30 for a meal and normal for me to see the Empire State Building everyday (multiple times a day). I've become a pro at ignoring everyone on the street and dodging the slow-moving tourists (gosh that sentence re-read was rough-- does that make me a New Yorker?).
I finally know where I'm going and how to get to places like UES, LES, Nolita, Tribeca and FiDi (I still LOL at all these parts of the city). I can pick out my favorite spots in most of the city and I can hail a cab better than a seasoned vet.
New York, best put, is like a dramatic relationship. There are so many ups and downs -- so many times where you want to call it quits because it's pushed you over the edge (again and again). But you always come back -- forgive and forget. Remember all of the good times and only a sliver of the bad.
Those nights where you get "New York drunk" waking up to the worst hangover you've had to date (really putting those college years to shame), getting up anyway and being on the go for nine hours. You really push yourself here. New York can bring out the best and worst in everyone and it's really a matter of sink or swim.
Remember back in the day when parents would teach their kids to swim by throwing them in the water and hoping they don't drown? That's how it is moving to New York. You get thrown in, hoping not to drown, and teach yourself to swim. You try and stay afloat for as long as you can -- sometimes you get close to going under but you never fully do. You get tired from constantly moving and being on the go but you power through it. Knowing that this is it -- your one chance to make it.
They really weren't joking when they said if you can make it here you'll make it anywhere.
All in all, I'm so happy living in New York. I mean never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I'd be here, but it's definitely something I will always look back on and smile. For a lot of people, it's always their dream to live here -- I'm just not one of them. Living here has been great and I'm always so thankful for my parents in helping me live this wonderful life.
I've signed my lease for another two years so I'll be going through the crazy roller coaster for a few more years, but I'm happy about it. I don't think I'm quite ready to leave this town just yet. These are the "golden years" of my life and I promise to make every day count. This next year will NOT go by as fast. That's my goal!
Thanks for reading along, friends :) If you have any questions, need any advice, or just wanna talk about the city -- drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Would love to hear from you all :)
To celebrate, I found myself hanging all around New York. Tracy and I started our day on the West Side hanging around the water and visiting the Artists Monument. Then I headed over to meet Rebecca as we ventured over to DUMBO. It was my first time there-- fitting for my one year, right? I couldn't get over how beautiful it was. To celebrate my one year, I bought some balloons and put on my party dress. This outfit was PERFECT for this wall, right?! Wow. I love these photos and I loveeee Rebecca! She's such an amazing photographer.
Dress: Kate Spade Outlet (similar here and here) | Shoes: Dolce Vita