You know that feeling when you haven’t seen someone in a while and they just look different? Like their hair is shorter (or longer) or maybe they grew a couple inches or lost some pounds or something! You can’t quite put your finger on it, but something’s changed.
That’s exactly how I feel. But not about any one person…
Let me start from the beginning-
I’m lucky enough to work for a company (and be a part of a team) that allows me to work out of other offices around the country as it fits my schedule. This especially comes in handy during the holidays. I get to fly to New York and spend some extra time at home while working out of our offices in Chelsea. Since moving to San Francisco about a year and a half ago, I’ve frequented New York countless times, but something about this trip feels different. Something about New York feels different.
Truth be told, I don’t think New York has changed. Why yes, there’s now a Shake Shack in Penn Station [if words could explain how much I miss Shake Shack. In & Out really just doesn’t cut it] and all my prep school friends now live in Brooklyn [say what? since when?], but New York is still New York. If I was ever questioning it, I was starkly reminded at 8AM on my subway ride to work- hello New York hospitality! [It even got me wondering if I’ve grown soft moving to the West Coast! Everyone’s just so nice out there, and dare I admit it-I really like that.]
My final conclusion? I’ve landed on this- New York hasn’t changed but what it means to me has. Call this silly, but one of the important lessons I learned this year is that another city won’t become your home unless you give it the time, space, and chance to. And with just a little bit of luck and some great friends you can find a new home of sorts.
New York will always be New York-it’ll always be where my family is, it always be my childhood- 18 solid years. But at least for right now, in the heart of Hayes Valley, San Francisco is my home, and, if I’m being honest, I’m excited to head back later this week. [Mr Bennett, I think I’m finally starting to understand you.]
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Photos by: Rachel Leiner