Modern magic

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There is something electrifying about New York City. No, it’s not the never ending lights of Times Square.

It’s not perfect; not even close. There are hoards of people everywhere, all the time. It can be a struggle to complete a mundane task such as purchasing groceries or traveling from point a to point b. It’s more than twice as expensive as my home in Ind. and while getting dinner it might be an hour wait to be seated.

Everything about the city screams the need for patience and few people have it. The taxi drivers honking horns and the lady yelling at people for getting in her way. With large amounts of people, traffic patience is needed.

People in New York can be rude, but then again people everywhere can be rude. With so many things suggesting the city is a hassle I was trying to figure out what it was I loved about it and I realized it’s the drive, work and motivation of those who live or move there.

People have a dream and need to live their life the way they want to and are willing to struggle to make it happen.

I met a singer/songwriter this weekend who moved from Ohio to New York and told me he was waiting tables at a restaurant while he pursued his dream of music. He was literally running himself ragged to be able to spend a few spare hours writing and singing music.

My cousin, who lives in Manhattan, took a chance and moved to the city with only a nannying job. Five years later she is still happily living in the city and has worked at A&E and is now employed by the Game Show Network.

The city allows opportunity, hope and the pursuit of happiness. It is a place where people are going through similar struggles to make sure they succeed and if they don’t? They work even harder to make sure their dreams are attained. That is modern magic.

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Life advisors at 18?

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When did High School seniors become miniature Buddhas covered with hair?  Are they normal students during the day and superheros at night?

Or, maybe is it the fact they are simply teenagers who look toward their futures with optimism, hope and refreshing determination.

I was typing in forms we got from the high school for the education page of the newspaper and some of them said things like “I love ____ because he’s a stud” or “my favorite band is One Direction, they’re so cute,” etc. but  there were also some really insightful answers. My favorite six:

6.) Don’t wait until the last minute to decide what to do. Also, don’t let it stress you out.

5.) Try different things to find out what you enjoy doing.

4.) It’s never too early (or late) to start preparing and planning for your career

3.) Explore your options. Ask questions and at least try the thing you have doubts about because you’ll never know if you will change your mind.

2.) Once you find your knack, learn as much as you can about it.

1.) Try everything. Explore. You aren’t going to find what you love to do unless you experience different things.

Well played, you wisdom-filled 18-year-olds. If this can’t brighten your day and pull you out of the Monday blues, I don’t know what can.

“A generation of kids choosing love over a desk. put those hours in and look at what you get.” 

Travel Tuesday: empire state of mind

I decided to do another Travel Tuesday. This time it’s a New York edition with photos from my recent trips to the NYC. ImageSkyline

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These streets will make you feel brand new.

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These lights will inspire you.

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Last time I was in the city I stumbled upon a J.P. Morgan squash tournament in Grand Central.

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Serendipity has some of the best dessert (and yes, this is the serendipity shown in the John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale movie).

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New Yorkers are serious about brunch.