Today I came across this soothing shot, taken spring 2015 on 98th Street outside my Upper West Side apartment.
Without the restaurants, shows, and Fifth Avenue shops, what is New York City?
Without the downtown bookstores, film crews, quirky dives, coffee shops, and comedy clubs, what is New York City?
Without the tourism, the busy streets, the style, and the glamour, what is New York City?
New York City is humanity.
New York City is quiet days of reflection in the park. It’s sitting on a bench and watching the squirrels. It’s the creatives and the dreamers. It’s laughter and joy.
It’s clapping outside your window to honor the healthcare workers who have put their own health on the line.
New York City is coming together.
The best memories I have of my years in New York City weren’t the clothes I wore or the food I ate. It wasn’t the guys I dated or the celebrities I met. As much as I loved the entertainment and the opportunities, I also embraced the solitude; the anonymity combined with the feeling of never being alone.
The best memories were the moments I learned, grew, and connected- and shared stories with others who felt just as lost, broken, yet hopeful as I did.
Without the show, New York City is full of soul.
The show will eventually go on, but with a different tone. After this time of reflection, uncertainty, loss, and fear, there will also be growth. There will be realizations.
Humanity will come together again, and hopefully, we notice those bright lights and glittery scenes in a new, healthier way.
I have an incredible network of talented friends who are offering virtual classes and workouts for everyone at home.
From yoga to meditation, there’s something for both kids and adults. Enjoy!
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While I went through my own personal crisis in my late 20’s and early 30’s I learned a lot of things.
Needless to say, I have my own perspective on the state of the world and its reaction to the Coronavirus.
I almost died more times than I can count. I went to the hospital with a BAC a of .6 and was told later I shouldn’t have lived. I’ve been taken out of work functions (plural) in an ambulance.
Yes, I did this all to myself, but it was a byproduct of unresolved trauma and pain. So, I started to work on it. It wasn’t pretty, and new issues pop up all the time. Today I can handle those issues productively.
I understand there is a universe all order to life. I understand I had a reason to live. So I kept writing, and I kept growing.
Now that we’re in the midst of a global crisis, I can use these lessons and help others. It might not be much, and I may not be able to solve anyone’s health or financial problems, but if I can shed just a little bit of light, then you may understand why I’m so passionate about writing my not-so-pretty experiences.
I’m sure a lot of people won’t agree with my perspective, and that’s okay. Since I already stay home the majority of the time I’m not working (and the other is spent by myself or with a friend outside), I intend to spend this time completing my v-steam course, finishing my book, and reaching out to literary agents.
How will you use this time?
Right now is a huge opportunity for a collective shift.
Although much of the world is in panic, I see the Coronavirus as a chance for us to grow, evolve, and come together.
This isn’t a time to worry, turn against each other, lash out, or isolate. Consuming negative media, turning to bad habits, or regressing in your personal progress isn’t a solution during this uncertain time.
I’ve been doing what I can to connect with others (in a safe, virus-free way!) for the past four years now through writing on my blog and other websites. Since a lot of what I do is online, I’m a bit frightened by how uncomfortable American society is with idle time. Sitting still and learning to embrace the moment is such a gift!
Coronavirus will result in more creation and less consumption, I hope.
The only thing you can control is yourself, the light you shine, and the energy you put out into the world. As we reflect and retreat, think about how you can spread your light in your daily life.
Whether it’s an uplifting post or helping someone in need, these little things add up collectively.