Growing up, all I dreamed about was getting out of the small city I’m from. My family and I visited New York City every Christmas and it planted a seed in me. A seed that I would see flourish when I was 27 years old. By myself.
I no longer live there, but here’s why it was the best choice I ever made…
- It gave me the confidence, and lack of giving a shit feeling, to do things alone. Go out to eat alone? Sure! Grab a coffee alone? Sure! Go to the park alone? Sure! Go to the movies alone? Sure! There are so many people in the city that you don’t stick out like a sore thumb. But there’s also that feeling you get that makes you not give a fuck. I still live that way, even in small places.
- I learned how to navigate public transit, which exists on a very minimal basis in my hometown. Not to mention, the setup requires a car to get around.
- The entertainment on the subways and in the stations…there truly were some talented folks!
- I had a plethora of food options available to me at all times. You can probably eat at a different restaurant every day for a year. I love to eat. Period.
- There is this notion that you can not find love in NYC because of the sheer number of people there. That may be true. But, it gives you a chance to find yourself. So who cares about finding love. You got it inside anyway.
- I met people from all parts of the world. I love asking people where they are from, what language they speak, etc. I could people watch here all day.
- Did I mention going to the bar on my lunch break?
- The number of yoga studios.
- The beautiful bridges.
- The adrenaline rush while driving. Now I may have an anxiety attack, but then it was like a video game!
I recommend moving out of your city, your state, if you are looking for a fresh start. Shoot. Even if you’re not, getting out of your comfort zone can bring you to some amazing opportunities. The best of your life even.