My hometown in Pennsylvania is a small one, complete with farms, one traffic light, and one main road. To anyone who doesn‘t live here permanently, it‘s an escape. However, to those of us who live here, it‘s anything but. It lacks well, everything; in my opinion at least. So, when it came to my sixteenth birthday, what could i have ever wanted more than a chance to get out and see something that wasn’t farm-esque and laced with the depressing feeling of decades lost?
Sure, lots of teens the world over dream of going to New York City, if even for a day, and I am no exception. But, being thrown straight into the hustle and bustle of the New York City streets from Penn Station Train was the most delightfully overwhelming sensation I have ever felt in my life. Forget the non-existent traffic of my rural little home town, I’ve never felt like a part of anything like I had in that exact moment.
I took this trip with my mother and a close friend of mine, neither of which had seen anything like the fast-paced, alluring state that can only belong to the big apple. Everything there was new; new food, new sights, new memories. I tried my first Japanese food there and instantly fell in love with it, along with the fact that the people who actually serve you are, indeed, Japanese. I was delighted by the secrecy of China Town. I even found myself smiling through every crazy cab ride i found myself in. I felt so alive and part of myself in New York City, that i thought I never wanted to leave.
In only those short four days, I learned more about the world around me than I believe I ever could have in my small town. There is so much diversity and culture, you can’t help but to be pulled into things and enjoy every minute of it.
Being in that atmosphere, knowing that you are one of many in a city where you could be nothing or anything based on your own aspirations, makes you realize things that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to. When you look all around you and think about how all of these people go to where they are, or, when you’re able to open your eyes and experience new things, that realization finally hits you: nothing is set in stone. Because I was able to see that, I now feel as though i can do or be anything, or go anywhere with my life that i choose to go; all because I had that one opportunity to experience life as i didn’t know it.
Experiences in life will always help guide the way. For me, I now know that there is more out there than a small, quiet, and peaceful summer vacation town in my future. As far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t even matter what you do there; New York City or any other Town, as long as you let yourself experience what it has to offer. My advice, to anyone who feels like they just can’t stay in one place for the rest of their life, take a trip to somewhere you’ve never been. Get lost in culture you didn’t know existed. Live life, if even just for a short time, like you want to live and don’t get caught up in limitations. You never know, you could find exactly what you were looking for to help you survive. Or, at least give you a reason to want and dream in your life.
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