Almost three and a half months ago I packed two suitcases, one backpack and a weekender and boarded a Southwest flight from Atlanta to New York. With no set plans but a friend’s hospitality and day one of my new job in a few days, I started my journey as a 20-something moving to New York hoping that this was the right decision, and that leaving the comfort of my home wouldn’t be something I’d regret.
Moving to New York didn’t seem like a huge transition. It was kind of like any other move I have made except this time I somehow managed to minimize the amount of baggage I was carrying with me both literally and figuratively. How I moved across the country with a couple of bags and no furniture still makes the old me cringe, but with every move, I’ve learned that all of the extra crap isn’t necessary. As long as I have my necessities I would be able to survive even the most grueling move.
On my first official night in NY, I grabbed drinks with a friend to celebrate the big move and transition that was happening in my life. She asked if I was excited to move to NY...my response, “I’m not sure, it feels like every other major city.” It’s only been a couple of months and now I already know the error of my ways. While I haven’t lived through a New York winter and the street constantly smells like a landfill- the opportunities are truly endless. There hasn’t been a weekend that I’ve been bored or void of options to explore. There are so many places to go, people to see, food to eat, and parties to attend.
I think one of the best parts has been the ease of transportation. After living in Atlanta for a year since post graduation, and having to sit in traffic for an hour and a half most days to work restricted to listening to music, talking on the phone or tuning into a podcast. The ability to get up and go anywhere (I live 2 minutes away from a metro station), or having most things within walking distance makes me want to explore even more. While we are in the early days of my adventures in New York, I am excited to see what the city has in store. I’ll be sure to keep you updated.
Three women going through life.