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…

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The entertainment on the subways and in the stations…there truly were some talented folks!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Did I mention going to the bar on my lunch break?
  8. The number of yoga studios.
  9. The beautiful bridges.
  10. 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.

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