I love you, New York City.
I could not ask for a better way to end the year than spending it in the city with one of my closest friends and my family.
Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities (not pictured) is the perfect exhibit for those interested in urban design and architecture. It’s interesting to see the innovative proposals to accommodate the ever-increasing population growth of cities around the world…
I’m not going to pretend that I fully understood and absorbed the gravity of their ideas–clearly, I don’t fit the profile of their target audience of intelligent thinkers, designers and economists–but it’s important to realize the significance of those ideas being put forth in front of the public. That stuff matters.
There are some people who are overwhelmed by New York City, because they think it’s too busy, too stressful, or simply too much.
Personally, I find that New York City–as well as Paris, for that matter–reinvigorates my soul. After spending a day in the City, I feel like something wakes up inside of me and I become empowered with a stronger sense of who I am and what I want to do with my life.
Newport, Rhode Island’s city by the sea, certainly has its own allure, but it’s the Big Apple where I feel my best. I have been told that Newport has a tendency of sucking people into settling down in a comfortable, safe routine and they never leave.
Comfort is a good thing. It’s a great thing, actually. Everyone deserves to reach comfort in their lives.
But there is a difference between being comfortable with yourself and being comfortable with your lifestyle.
I don’t think I’m ready to be comfortable. I want to be intellectually challenged by things I may not understand at first, but will hopefully become a better person once I do. I want to learn about new things in my realm of interest, but gain an even deeper knowledge of things I don’t know. I want to have real conversations with people. I want to travel to places I haven’t even heard of…yet.
In short, New York City can afford to accommodate my unrelenting thirst for life. It only makes sense that after spending one of the last days of 2014 in the City, I feel ready to conquer 2015.