It’s hard to believe I left NYC one year ago today. I remember that morning well- I was half packed, nervous and defeated. I had been staying at a friend’s house with air conditioning because my tiny bedroom was full of boxes, humid and cramped. I needed to be around other people to keep my mind off the decision I had made- to trade in my dreams of the New York hustle to create a more mellow, mindful life.
Although it wasn’t easy, it was one of the best decisions I could have made. You can’t fit a square peg in a round hole, and I didn’t like the person I was becoming. I had become cold and bitter, even when my work life was going well. I vividly remember a hot afternoon walking down Fifth Avenue, pushing through people while trying to deposit a very nice paycheck into my bank account. Money didn’t make me happy, nor did my surroundings.
I wanted peace.
Although I was able to find serenity in Central Park, along the Hudson River and at the New York Public Library, I stopped enjoying life day to day. I figuratively “rolled the dice” and made the decision to leave. It has been an interesting ride ever since that day in late July, and this morning I have been reflecting on how grateful I am and how far I have come.
I’ve never been nervous to make big decisions, but over the past year I have learned to focus on the moment and take life step by step. Over the years I have continually looked at the “bigger picture,” not realizing that the simple choices I make in my day to day life can lead up to amazing things that I never would have pondered.
My decision to move to Boston was one of the best I ever could have made. It is the perfect balance between city life and mindful living; being along the ocean, the Charles River and lakes has brought me peace, while the opportunities I’ve been given have helped me practice living in the moment.
I’m still learning to slow down, focus on what I want, and let the universe do the rest. If I am able to live in the moment, the fruits of my labor will be revealed in ways I couldn’t even imagine in my own mind- and I’m grateful to be present to notice them.
Although I still hold New York near and dear to my heart, bigger, better, and faster isn’t something I need to implement in my daily life. With a grateful heart, I’ll focus on the day, do the best I can and continue to live in the moment. You never know when you’ll get lucky and roll a Yahtzee!