It has officially been 1 year since Katie and I moved our family to New York. It has been quite a ride that is difficult to describe. While I can’t say it’s been perfect, I can with great confidence say that it’s been right. We felt God leading us to New York and while we believe He has more in store for us here, this first year has been incredible for our family and our marriage. I thought I would share a few of the aspects of New York that have really impacted me:
1. The Culture – this is the biggest reason we moved to New York. We wanted to expose ourselves and our kids to a global understanding that we felt could only gained in New York. The city hasn’t disappointed as I’ve yet to have an Uber driver from the U.S. and I’ve maximized every minute of each drive to learn about them and their home country. Everywhere we go in the city we gain a deeper insight into the various cultures from all over the world that continue to shape the unique culture of New York City as a whole. Oh yeah, the food from all over the world is a nice cultural perk as well!
2. The Hustle – people move fast in New York, really fast! I’m an extremely hard worker and very driven. New Yorkers make me feel lazy. While this can be a terrible trait for many, it has energized and pushed me by being around so many people that want to make the most of every second and so extremely driven to succeed in whatever it is that they’re working on.
3. The Space (or lack of) – we moved from a 2,600 sq/ft house to a 700 sq/ft apartment and love it! While 2 bathrooms wouldn’t be too bad, simple living will be a part of our lives from this point on. We also have enjoyed the forced shared space in the park, on the subway and seemingly everywhere we go. Limits force creativity and the maximization of space might be the most creative part of New York.
4. The Entertainment – it’s hard not to find good entertainment in New York! About half of our subway rides we are entertained by some type of performers trying to make a dollar or the many free shows Katie has found for us to see. It’s still unbelievable to me that we saw Jimmy Fallon and the only expense was the subway ride over. We’ve also seen some great Broadway shows, taken in some incredible Jazz music and participated in the MP3 experiment. I think it’s impossible to ever be bored in New York City.
5. The People – the best part of New York is the people. Not just the many cultures that have come together, but the true native New Yorkers. People often think they are angry, grumpy and mean. They might be, but they are some of the most incredible people I have ever been around. They are aggressive, direct, often loud, confrontational and always focused. They know what they want and they don’t want you to get in their way while they’re trying to get there or do that. I just love them and they’re what makes New York, New York.
Our plan in moving to New York was to be here for 2 years. We’re halfway there with no regrets and excitement as we begin year 2!