I made a spur of the moment decision to move to
new york city from dallas, tx almost 2 years ago.
i actually can't believe i have been here this long.
most days - it still does not sink in that i actually live here - i tend to feel like i'm on an extended vacation.
(which affects my lifestyle from time to time)
i had visited this city many times before making the move -
but there are just certain "lessons" one learns once they become a resident of this wild place.
i am an avid "list keeper" (for way too many categories)
so - below are just 12 of the random things i've learned so far:
1. every person is kind of a disaster.(or most i've met)
a work in progress.
we are all going down our own personal & particular path -
figuring it along the way.
this is refreshing coming from the south where -
even if you aren't perfect - you act like you are.
2. i have become fully confident in my ability to walk
an absurdly long distance -
rain, humidity, or snow.
when people visit - i realize it all over again -
because my version of "a quick walk" ALWAYS makes them angry.
3. It's okay to cry walking down the street.
everyone has done it at least once.
i personally have had quite a few complete break downs.
nobody notices (or cares).
4. Always keep an eye out for a Barnes & Noble.
it's the only place i've found with quick access
to a public restroom.
5. If you're running late - the excuse "my train was running behind" seems to always be believable & accepted.
6. You learn quickly how to walk, text, AND DODGE vomit, dog shit, and the occasional homeless sleeper - with grace & ease.
7. never tell a cab driver an actual address.
give him the intersection/cross streets.
and google map it before to make sure you actually
know where you are headed.
cabbies aren't stupid - but they act like they are
for an extra few bucks.
8. craigslist in nyc is the opposite of craigslist in dallas.
(i.e. all i really knew before was because
of the Craigslist Killer)
here - you use it for - well, for everything.
finding roommates, buying/selling anything,
looking for random jobs.
you can't be afraid of craigslist anymore - or well,
you are just making your life more inconvenient.
9. cab rides, subway trips & rides up the elevator
can serve as a vanity table.
and it's acceptable.
i typically always leave my apartment with zero makeup on
& get ready on the way.
or i have a panic attack about trying to get out the door on time.
10. don't ever step on a subway vent in the summer
while wearing a dress.
dodge the suckers.
unless you want 20+ people to see your goods.
11. rainy days are a nightmare.
so are grocery stores.
(mainly bc they never have things like
black eyed peas or velveeta cheese.
(*i'm probably the only person who has ever inquired about these items though.)
12. HUGE LESSON : life without a Sonic,
Chic-Fil-A, or Target nearby is awful.
to be continued...