"They say when you live in New York City, you're always looking for a job, a boyfriend, or an apartment."
These words have been floating around in my head all week (because that's what my thoughts do, they float around like balloons). One time I was flipping through different channels and something possessed me to pause on an episode of Sex and The City (hey, nobody's perfect). As she trotted down Madison Avenue in one of her tiny little skirts, Sarah Jessica Parker mentioned that when it comes to New York City dwellers, there are only three possible things on our minds.
It turns out SJP was right. Luckily I've already got myself a handsome gentleman friend, but when it comes to a job and an apartment, I'm still 0/2. I have to admit, I moved to New York with pretty optimistic ideas about what it would be like to job-hunt in the city. At the time, I think my head was filled with cotton candy and rainbows (it happens to the best of us). In La La Land - where I sometimes like to live - I would jet off to New York City, waltz right into my dream job, move into this apartment and live happily ever after. Sounds pretty reasonable, right?
I'm sure you're just as surprised as I am that none of that has happened. I blame Sarah Jessica Parker.
This first month in New York has been full of lessons. The first lesson I learned was the delicious power behind street vendor gyros. I'll probably dedicate an entire post to those things pretty soon. The next lesson was about patience (and how I have absolutely none). I basically stepped off the plane in December and expected everything to happen at once. Day one, get a job. Day two, find the perfect apartment. Day three, start living my new, magical life. That's been my biggest problem - thinking that once I have all these things, that only then will this new chapter of my life really begin and only then can I start enjoying New York. Lesson three, I am my own worst enemy.
I'm thinking about having this tattooed across my forehead:
"Often people attempt to live their lives backwards. They try to have more things or more money in order to do more of what they want, so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do in order to have what you want." - Margaret Young