Thursday, October 14, 2010

"Reinventing yourself is key to creating a stable relationship with New York City and within yourself."

  Coming to terms that you need to change your routine to keep life interesting in this city is daunting and painful. You would think that living in NYC would be an instant party, but when you have lived here for over a decade changes need to be made.  I have literally asked the most random people where should I go, what should I do, and what should I be.  This may strike you as bizarre behavior but when you're looking for answers, you'll just about do anything and ask anybody! 
  These are just a few of the steps that I took to make the city a more vibrant place.  Firstly,  never underestimate the importance of family.  If you're lucky enough like I am, your family lives near by.  They know you best and have your best interests at heart.  Connecting with family members makes you feel good and they actually may inspire an idea or two to help you find that happy place.  You would be surprised how many people don't make it in this city because they don't have family that surrounds them.
   A social network service and website like Facebook is a speedy way to get reconnected with people from your past and expand your social scene for the future.  It's not for everyone but it worked for me. 
  Walking down a different street in Manhattan can also stimulate positive thinking.  A lot of us here are stuck in our routines and sometimes by doing something as simple as changing direction can be very motivating.  With the right attitude you never know who you might meet or what new place you might find.
    Leaving the city is one of the best things you can do to refresh yourself.  The city is very small, busy, loud, overpopulated and fast.  Having the ability to travel, even a day trip, makes you appreciate life here that much more.  Fear of flying is not a viable option for me!
   Some people never leave home without their wallets, I never leave home without my iPod.  Music creates a serene ambiance when walking through the city and helps you to stay in your zone without any outside influences. 
  These are just a few suggestions that worked for me and having implemented these strategies has made life in the city that much more pleasurable and full.  Never forget to smile in New York City.  You will really stand out if you're a happy person because believe it or not, being content is a very unique quality here.

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