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Wanting to Move to NYC

Daniella Cressman

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New York City — The Big Apple — where dreams are made of, as Alicia Keys belts in her beautiful tribute, has called many a creative to its streets.

I am one of them: The concrete jungle beckons, and I will continue manifesting and working towards this dream until it becomes a reality.

THE NIGHT LIFE

It goes without saying that New York City offers some of the best nightlife in the country, ranging from stellar live concerts in Madison Square Garden to various local performances at pubs scattered throughout its streets.

The nightclubs in the place are phenomenal: These people know how to have a good time — They work hard and they play hard!

THE JAZZ SCENE

I am a fan of the jazz genre, although my journey towards embracing it has been one filled with double entendres, failures, mixed feelings, and skepticism.

At the end of the day, playing this music is a candid way to express one’s passion for the physical world, and the physical form of another: The term itself means sex.

THE MEN

Men in New York are akin to Prince Charming it seems: Honestly, I am a very selective person when it comes to relationships, and I have seen many wealthy, successful, ambitious, creative men who dress extremely fashionably walking the streets of The City that Never Sleeps.

It just seems incredible to be in the presence of such greatness honestly — I would find it inspiring!

Hopefully at least one of them would like me in return. I think that could happen.

THE HUSTLE

NYC is famous for its hustle culture and, although this can certainly be problematic, the ambition is tangible.

It truly is the place where dreams come true: The energy running through its veins must be contagious!

THE CREATIVITY

I love the writing scene in NYC: So many famous authors, freelance writers, and successful novelists live in the area.

It ought to be exciting to be near so many of the famous publishing houses!

THE FOOD

Ahh….

The food in New York City must be incredible — tasting each morsel — allowing it to melt on my tongue as it delighted my tastebuds— would be absolutely sensational.

And the variety…

On top of this, places stay open for all hours of the night, so you can always get takeout.

That sounds like my kind of scene.

THE CULTURE

NYC is a diverse place.

Generally speaking, it has quite a progressive vibe: So many people probably feel beautiful — or at least accepted — when they step foot in the city.

That is certainly not the case everywhere in the U.S.

I love the veneration of art, the crowds, and the inspiration of it all.

In the next ten years, I want to earn enough from my writing to move to NYC and support myself financially. It is not going to be easy, but it is possible, and I would never forgive myself if I didn’t at least try to make my dreams come true.

SELFISH REASONS

I have some selfish reasons for wanting to relocate to the city of dreams.

I WANT TO FEEL LIKE I’VE MADE IT

I want to walk out of the door of my elaborate apartment, breathe in the frigid air, and exhale as I realize that I have made it as an artist.

I COULD ENJOY MY YOUTH ON A WHOLE OTHER LEVEL

If I had money — and a lot of it! — but still: I could enjoy my youth in an entirely different way if I moved to NYC.

The night clubs, the bars, the concerts, the shopping…

It’s all to die for.

I WOULD FEEL MORE FREE

I grew up in a tiny town. Well, it wasn’t even a town really: It was more like a rural farming community.

It was beautiful, and most people were kind most of the time — myself included although I did have my cruel moments! — but everyone knew everyone, and the rumor mill spread gossip across the place faster than you could ever imagine.

If I was dating someone at school — which was located in an extremely small locale — everyone knew about it and had something to say.

No matter what happened — or didn’t — in my personal life, the judgments surrounding it never seemed to end, and I found this quite stifling.

Everyone seemed to think they had a say in what I should or shouldn’t wear, who I should or shouldn’t see, what I should or shouldn’t pursue as a career, etcetera, and it all just got old really fast for me.

Living in New York City would feel liberating: I’d probably have a lot more privacy and a certain level of anonymity, which I cherish — It would be nice to do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted without the watchful eyes of well-meaning friends and neighbors surrounding me.

I value input when it’s solicited — don’t get me wrong — but having everyone and their dog privy to your business can become a bit exhausting after a while.

IT WOULD BE NICE TO BE AROUND MORE PEOPLE, EVEN IF MOST OF THEM WERE SLIGHTLY GRUMPY/INDIFFERENT

I know…

I know….

New Yorkers have a reputation for being somewhat loudmouthed and grumpy, and that’s because, quite frankly, a lot of them are.

On the other hand, it would honestly be nice to always be around a lot of people, if only as a means of staying under the radar.

I think I’d like that.

It might be nice not to feel so visible/exposed all the time.

I suppose it’s better to aim for the moon and reach the stars than it is to never allow yourself to take risks, no matter how terrifying they might be.

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