BIG NEWS: I’M MOVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My landlord sold the apartment in which I now live, and I have to be out by August 13th, so I spent the past two weeks looking for apartments in Manhattan – but when I put a deposit down on one I really liked, something just didn’t feel right.
So after (almost) six years in New York, I’ve decided it’s time to, uh, mix it up a bit.
I’ve been thinking about moving since October of last year, but inertia (and perhaps a bit of fear) got in my way. Plus, as much as New York drives me crazy, I love this city – it’s the only place I’ve lived as an adult, and yes, it feels like home, more than Chicago, more than DC, more so than any place I’ve ever lived. In fact, from the moment I moved here in November of 2004, it just felt … like me. I am, in so many ways, a New Yorker, with all that entails (good and bad!) and I can’t imagine not feeling that way.
That said, I need a change. I need new challenges, and I need to get out of my comfort zone. (Famous last words! haha) I remember moving to New York – with five giant boxes, two suitcases, one dog, an apartment I shared with two roommates I found on Craigslist, ten grand in the bank and no job prospects. I knew about four people in the entire city – and yes, I was petrified. But what I found is that being thrown into the deep end is the surest way of learning to swim … FAST. I wasn’t going to allow myself to sink.
So I’m throwing myself into the deep end again. I’ll probably be petrified again. That’s sort of par for the course with uprooting your entire life to move miles away from everything you know.
But if I don’t try this now, I don’t know if I ever will. And I know for sure I would regret that. I keep thinking of this little piece of artwork in my grandparents’ house in Glendale, which had a drawing of a tiny boat with a William Shedd quote: “A ship in the harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.”
So I’m leaving the safe harbor of New York for the stormy seas of somewhere else … and I hope you wish me luck. I’ll need it.
Besides, the harbors of New York aren’t going anywhere. ;)