What’s that saying?
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard?
Yes, that’s the one.
Mary Schmich said that in “Wear Sunscreen: A Primer for Real Life,” and after 4 insanely fun but sometimes ridiculously crazy years, I’m heeding her advice and heading to the country.
OK, not the “country” per se. We’re not moving to like, Oklahoma. We’re heading to a smaller suburb outside of Philly and I truly, honestly couldn’t be more excited!
The thing about NYC is it tests you. It tests you on a daily basis. It throws scuzzy subway rats, obsurd traffic jams, blaring sirens and rude residents always in a rush in your face constantly.
When you’re still infatuated with the city’s powerful, magical energy all of those things are minor inconveniences that you’re more than willing to put up with for the simple fact that you get to live in New York City. In a good way, nothing can compare.
But unless you have a love for this place that’s truly engrained somewhere deep in your heart, chances are you will eventually feel fed up. Those minor inconveniences become whale-sized aggravations and like Mary Schmich said, you start to develop a hard shell, and maybe even a permanently angry face.
And yes, part of life is about perspective and seeing the good in things and “finding your zen” even when everything around you is crazy AF. If you love New York City enough and you can do that here, more power to you. But Mark and I decided that the life we want to create together isn’t set in New York. It’s not our style.
And another part of life is doing what makes you happy. And we’re pretty sure we’ll like living in the Philly area more than we like living in NYC, so we took the steps we needed to to make that happen and now here we are: we’re packing up and saying peace to the Big Apple.
When I first moved to NYC and started writing about my running adventures here I didn’t know when this day would come, but I knew that it eventually would. I never pictured myself living in the city long-term. Now that it’s here, it’s definitely bittersweet: I have TONS of incredible memories from my time here and I’m so, so thankful for them.
Of course, I will always be a New Yorker. I was born here and its where my roots are. But I’m also thankful for the opportunity to start a new adventure and take on a slower-paced lifestyle.
So, with that said. I have two questions…
Should I sign up for the Philly 10K before it sells out? And where are all my fellow Philly bloggers at? I can’t wait to get to know y’all more!