A few days ago I loaded all my possessions into a rental truck and made the seven hour drive back to Maine... with my cat. Thankfully my pal Sarah came a long for the ride and kept Louis (the cat) from jumping in my face. He chilled on the dashboard mostly while I admired the leaves and made small talk, unable to comprehend all I was leaving behind.
The time to move from Brooklyn hit me like a ton of bricks. Really? Leave the coolest place? (it is right?) Why? I have everything I'll ever need here. It's hip, happening and there's so much to do! Right. There's so much to do. At any given moment you could be doing something else much cooler, with much cooler people, wearing much cooler clothes or shoes. My friends are pretty rad, so I tended to focus on the shoes part and since I was almost always broke, buying such things was usually out of the question. Oh NY, how you inflated my insecurities!
But I don't want to dwell on the darkness, because the city is a fabulous place, I'm sure in time I'll even be able to lift my "I heart NY" mug high, but it just wasn't working out.
Of course I have HUGE plans of doing everything I ever wanted in life in this new magical land of opportunity, but for now...I'm content to collect my thoughts, breathe fresh air, talk to people I haven't seen in years, invest in some new projects and find my smile.
Things I will miss:
- My pals and their kids
- The flea and these pickles
- The slate sidewalks covered in leaves and a little rain
- The Brooklyn Bridge
- Brooklyn being part of my address
- Bike riding in all seasons (ok, I didn't really do that, but at least I could!)
- Brooklyn Family Thanksgivings
- Being able to get almost anything at anytime
- Being able to drink as much as you want and still get home safely (hello subway/car service!)
- Things being open past 9pm!
- The skyline
- Parties on my roof
Things I won't miss
- Being underground
- The anger... in every line, street corner, subway car, driver...
- Carrying my bike up four flights!