When I first moved to New York almost two years ago, a friend said to me, "This place will make you the hardest worker professionally but the laziest personally." I heard this and basically scoffed at the notion. I mean, I had just moved to one of the greatest cities in the world. But fast forward to now, I can see from where this sentiment comes.
I moved here with a long list of things to do, people to meet, and experiences to have. It may have been a little over ambitious, but I'd spent very little time in the city prior to the move—I wanted to make things happen. But from the get go, the list took many turns. I had originally planned to sublet an apartment in Brooklyn but ended up in Harlem.
Furthermore, due to the adjustment from full time student to full time professional, I was flat out tired as each week passed. This has *mostly* all changed now, but it was a process—one that slipped into laziness on multiple occasions. Routine was the name of the game, mostly for sheer comfort of "surviving."
The balance of "surviving vs thriving" is key. Like living anywhere else, routine isn't always bad, and having the "usual" at your usual spot isn't always bad. But when we're presented with an opportunity to explore, we should take it!
As an example, I started this post with every intention of talking about Brooklyn and the wonders of the many bridges that connect Brooklyn to Manhattan, but I think that very statement makes the case presented above. That's really the only thing I know about Brooklyn. Why don't I know more?
So while I really like the DUMBO area with its bridges and general stores, I resolve to stop being lazy and see the other parts of the borough this year. My hope is that new friends will be made and a fresh perspective will be gained. Let's do it, y'all.