Wow, that went much faster than expected, even though the expectation was that it would go pretty quickly! To say I’m a little conflicted might be an understatement but let me start by saying I’m loving our life in New York…and the reason this picture is so personal is because my New York is with Phil. There’s no way this experience would be the same if we weren’t doing it together.
I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I’ve been able to see some of my nearest and dearest friends and family, that part still pains me. I’ve become jaded by some of New York’s nuances and it’s a constant struggle not to give in to becoming the stereotype of a grumpy, unfriendly, negative New Yorker! People on the street still don’t move out of the way, the supermarket deli guy still doesn’t understand my accent and I still can’t stand the funky smells. But…
While some of those initial grin spreading feelings may have faded this has been one of the most incredible years of our lives. The people we’ve been lucky enough to meet, the genuinely new experiences we’ve had, the travel we’ve been able to do, even just the neighbourhood we get to live in, have all contributed to making this a truly incredible, amazing, mind blowing year. It’s the things you don’t expect and can never prepare yourself for when moving countries that essentially are the things that make it all worthwhile.
New York has become more like a familiar acquaintance than a shiny new toy, and while right now everything feels different to the first 3 months and the 6 month mark, I think the changes will be constant. This city really is a roller coaster ride, you can love it one day and hate it the next, but most of the time you’re screaming with delight!
I will be forever grateful for all of the amazing and not so amazing experiences New York has provided, for adding to my character and testing me as a person. It could be age or it could be New York but I’ve never felt so comfortable in myself!