” Somewhere between living and dreaming. there’s New York.”-unknown.
To love this bustling city full of skyscrapers whose lights mingle with the sky, turning into stars of their own is to love yourself. The city will test your strength, test your resolve, and give new meaning to manifest destiny. Rent isn’t too expensive, it’s simply the admission price you pay for a ticket to the best ride of your Life. This “town,” will present you with hurdles to access the most ordinary of activities, and then reward you with inumerableopportunities. The streets have worn down the rubber soles of my shoes like hungry children eating cake at a birthday party. It is not so much a glamorous life here, as it is a rewarding one. The apartments overflow with interesting individuals, that possess all levels of potential. However, there is no vacancy for mediocrity! If there is a diamond to be produced from a lump of coal, New York City will squeeze it out of you. If you’re open and willing you’ll climb the ladder in an upward direction. Here there aren’t streets of identical little box homes with cars in the driveway, and manicured lawns. Instead, everything is jumbled, different, and there’s a subway entrance that can take you around more than 665 miles of track. Laid end to end the Transit train tracks would stretch to Chicago. Riding a subway train opens up more opportunity to you than any car ride you could ever take around an identical block of houses! You see, there’s no special club you must join to live here. One only needs a heaping helping of ambition. If you find the prospect of getting groceries, washing laundry, or a trip to the Post Office becoming more arduous too much to bear, I’d be quick to point out that just as the mundane becomes ever more so, the same can be said of enjoyable activities. Suddenly there are oodles of openings in your chosen career field, leisurely and cultural events are within walking distance, and they happen frequently, often even for free. If you’re a person that can see openings where others only see closed doors, this place is for you. I don’t love New York for its image or even for the food, but for what it has contributed to my Life. I’ve learned that hitting the pavement, talking to everyone, and binge willing to hustle harder than everyone else, means your reward will be greater than what everyone else is getting. If you allow it to be, the city will be the stone that sharpens you. So, I’d suggest wherever you are don’t be afraid to put yourself in the uncomfortable position to be sharpened. However, it’s something that will happen a lot faster in New York City!
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”- Confucius.
I’m absolutely positive that had I died, my Mother would deeply regret all the times She turned me away as a child asking Her to play.Because childhood is precious and fleeting, and because many years later that same little girl was nearly wiped off the planet. Surely, looking back onall those missed opportunities for memory making itwould have been painful to recall. Many times we do the same thing to our opportunities.Just because they are not living and breathing creatures, itmakes them no less valuable. When you ignore them or send them away, they can die just the same. How many opportunities have we let quietly slink away and die?Death has a way of making us take things more seriously. However, it is alsobecause of death, that we value life more. Although, it is nearly impossible to recognize all of these opportunities in ourbusy dailylives, luckily they give us many chances to recognize them. Just as sure as the sun will risetomorrow, we will be met with another opportunity.Witheach one is the possibility for making memories, maybe money, generating happiness, or meeting someone you will never forget. Each time we knowingly let one of these opportunities pass us by, it’s a tragedy. Because, ultimately it is us who miss out. As lifewinds down or if it is ever threatened,these opportunities becomemuch easier to spot. Therefore, do not fear the finite amount of time we have on this earth, but instead embrace it!
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” -Denis Waitley.
If your familiar with Harry Potter at all, then you know about “theboy who lived.”
To sum it up, Hewas the very unlikely survivor of a dubious attack by the wizarding world’s most powerful wizard, Voldemort. Because ofthis He garnered for himself tons of attention, along withsome unwanted expectations and unexpected responsibilities. I too, have faced my ownpowerful evil wizard, but in the form of a massive stroke. Not only did surviving it garner me much attention as well, but alsoan unexpected responsibility. Although I wasn’t asked to do anything specific, as I regained my mental prowess Isuddenly had a sense of responsibility. Because of what happened to me, I felt not onlythat I should live to the fullest, but also that Iwantedto share the good news with others thatneeded to hear it. Now the fictional Harry Potter and I actually had something in common; We were not only survivors but we had lived, lived through unspeakable horrors, lived to tell the tale, and most importantly lived to inspire others. Unsuspectingly a sense of responsibility was thrust upon me, not because of what happened but in spite of it. I didn’t owe anyone anything, but Ihad the need and desire to spread the hope, love, and strengthIhad found with others. If Ifailed to do that, I felt it was a failureto pay forward the gift I had been given. Other people needed to know what I knew as a result of tragedy and the occurrence of a miracle. Instead of paying forward our negativity or bad attitude, I sought to do the opposite. A nuclear event had happened in my life, and now I and others were sure to feel the after shocks. However, in some way, in the search to minimize the damage I received grace. A grace thatallowed me to prosper inaseemingly desert landscape of possibility. Inbeing given this seed of grace, I wanted to plant a forest of hope, love, and light that would generate oxygen for all of us to breathe in. Therefore, nurture your own seed ofgrace, so that it may grow into a beautiful forest we can all benefit from.