With only two more weeks left on my agenda before heading back to New York, I figured it was a good time to reflect on what I’ve learned from the city so far. The people I met, the food I ate, the places I visited. New York is a busy city, full of life and energy. It literally \\”never sleeps\\”. Apart from that random Sunday morning perhaps, although I’m sure when you’d hit the parks in the early AM you’d bump into to runners or people walking their dog. There’s something to the Big Apple that got me, I’m addicted, and so many others with me. I’m lucky enough to be flexible with my schedule, since I’m self employed, and that I can just decide to go there whenever I feel like (sort of) and my budget allows it. So what lessons did I learn from New York? Let’s see…
- The good life can be expensive. The city in all it’s amazingness has one big downside: the cost of living. People go out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Groceries are as pricey as take-out, so why even bother cooking? With that being said, it’s just money. It’s great to have it, and we all need it, but in the end it’s a currency. It’s not the experience, which is worth so much more. A great memory will last forever and money you will spent on something else if not in the city. Life is short, we’d better enjoy it right?
- Busy, busy, busy. Like I said: the city never sleeps. There’s almost no escaping the hustle and bustle, which made me realize once more that although our lives may be super hectic, we need to build in quality time and take breathers. It doesn’t matter if there are thousands of people outside, when you can’t find that inner peace, you will not find it in an deserted park either.
- New Yorkers are pretty straight forward. Like the Dutch, but perhaps even more so. They don’t like waisting time on bulls*t, so they tend to get down to business pretty fast. Which I can appreciate like no other. Sometimes it’s just for the better not to beat around the bush and just say it like it is, whether that’s a positive or negative thing. This specific point is personal of course, but since these are lessons I personally learned, I think for me it’s a good thing. I just rather know what I’m up against or what I can expect. Being direct can come off as being harsh, but rather that than never knowing what the deal actually is.
- The sky is the limit aka the American Dream. When in New York I feel so much more inspired somehow. It taught me once again that anything is actually possible when you set your mind to it. And no, miracles usually don’t happen overnight, but dreaming big never hurt nobody. You have to start somewhere! And for it does with dreams. Making them a reality step by step. Let’s do it!
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