i googled "move to nyc" the other day. i kinda thought some smart person would have a blog about it, or there would be articles, or even a website. nothing really came up.
well, not NOTHING. there was a blog i found where a blogger posted:
"my friend asked me why i didn't warn her before she moved to nyc that she'd have way more boogers. it makes sense, between the crap in the air and the dryness of the heating systems. but it has me wondering, what else should i have told her before her big move?"
and LOTS of people responded. most of the posts were about bad things like homeless men on the subway, bedbugs in apartments and dirty flipflop feet from rainy streets. then people started dissing the dissers and it turned into an "i <3 ny" vs "i</3 ny" debate.
what would i have liked someone to remind me of before i moved here? (and note, i haven't REALLY moved here yet. i'm still in corporate housing.) that every city, no matter the size, is only as big as you make it.
you could move to giddings, tx and live a BIG life — exploring the small town, getting to know it's people and day tripping into austin, or houston, and see the alamo and the rio grande. you could move to st. louis, mo and walk 5 minutes to work or drive an hour to the exact same place. you can move to nyc and carve out your own space. you can live in a 10 block bubble. go to the same places, see the same sights.
you can. it's all up to you. i wish someone had reminded me of that. i think for right now, my nyc is small. it's suiting me well. making the city a bit less scary.
but, sometime soon, i'll venture out. the city will get bigger and bigger. until it's not scary at all.
maybe i'll start calling it "new yourk city." because it's what YOU make of it. THAT's what people should know before they move to the city.