About one year ago I visited the city that never sleeps for the first time. I fell in love with its beautiful architecture, the views that made me feel like me and my problems were just one out of millions - actually an extremely calming experience - and its never-ending energy. The first time I was here, I was still dreaming of moving to the US. But how could I, just a little girl with big hopes, ever live here? Was it possible I could completely change my life around and leave the Netherlands behind? The possibility of saying goodbye to my home country for good seemed scary yet so exciting. I had no clue how to actually pursue this dream - I only knew that I wanted it. Little did I know that I would actually made this dream into reality.
Moving to DC made my dreams come true. So here I am, exploring the streets of NYC again. And this time as an American resident, with new aspirations, goals, and more holes in my ears. A year ago, I would never think I would walk the streets of New York, not living in the Netherlands anymore. So note to self: Everything can change in 365 days.
My trip to NYC made me feel like I have been gone for a month. So much has happened in these 5 days - I literally do not even know where to start. I initially went to New York for an exciting meeting I had on Wednesday night, and used that as an excuse to stay until the weekend. In these couple days, I expanded my network with many inspiring human beings, grew closer to some of them, while realizing I should distance myself from others, visited many pastel pink hotspots, and created some very cute content. All in 5 days. I don't know if it has to do with New York's hectic energy, but damn Gina: I've never been happier to be back in my lovely Washington DC, because after those 5 days I was emotionally drained. It's like NYC makes you feel like you are on a creative high on life, to then later hit you with the worst emotional hangover. Before I moved to DC, I always believed that NYC was the city for me. I don't want you to take me wrong, because I love this place. However, moving in DC made me discover how much I actually adore this city. A year ago, living in NYC would be my ultimate goal. Now, coming to New York for work rather than as a tourist, my opinion has changed completely. I would still like to live for NYC for a while, because I believe it would be a great experience. However, I do prefer DC as my long term home.
New York is the perfect place to go if you need a creative and personal wake-up call. And that's definitely what it gave me.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO NEW YORK CITY?