I’ve never been crazy about New York. I have famously said that New York is nice, but overrated; Chicago is better.
But I am not one to live in stubborn denial when I am proven wrong about something.
I have family living in New York that I see infrequently and miss desperately, and for about a year I’ve been ‘backburnering’ a trip to visit them.
In yoga practice, there’s this thing called a drishti, which in a nutshell is a point of calming focus that is very helpful to keep in mind during a difficult or challenging practice. I’d been feeling myself coming a bit undone, and it sounds really cheesy, but these particular members of my family are all my drishtis. It doesn’t matter what I do when I am with them, but spending time with them and just being around them in general is a very good and calming experience.
In about mid-April, I was chatting with my friend, Andrew, who was telling me all about the Governor’s Ball Music Festival, a really awesome three-day long festival that he was going to. I’d never heard of it before, so as I am wont to do, I did my research. It’s a relatively new music festival (started in 2011) that features a very diverse line up of musicians from a wide variety of genres, so there’s something for everyone. It did sound pretty awesome, I’d never been to one of these things before, and I had been planning to hit up New York soon anyway… at the same time, my cousin mentioned that she was heading up to NY from Boston for the same festival. It really seemed like the universe was telling me to do it, so I did.
Five days passed in a blurry flurry of activity. Between spending much needed quality time with my family, brunching and bar hopping, people watching, cute dog watching, music festival going, meeting and chatting with the random person (people here are generally a lot more friendly than popular culture would lead you to believe), more than one instance of justbarely catching the subway, shopping and sightseeing, walking around the city for hours… I had a great time.
New York’s not so bad. I get it now.