Why NYC?

Can you believe I’m only one week away from moving across the country and beginning a new journey in New York? It feels like time has gone by so fast, and yet, not fast enough as I eagerly await what’s next for me in the Big Apple.

Since announcing my intentions to move to New York, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about why I would pack up everything and move across the country, and for good reason. My entire family lives on the West Coast, the state of our world is so incredibly uncertain right now, and I just finished college. To some, it might seem like an absolute worst decision to be moving away, but for me, I began to see it as an opportunity to rebuild from rock bottom and start a new adventure.

Like so many, this year has been so challenging. I was laid off from my dream job due to the pandemic, which set me in a whirl to find whatever my next dream was. I wasn’t prepared to say goodbye to my job so soon and so unexpectedly, so when the time came, there was an increased pressure to keep moving forward, despite how lost I felt.

Whenever I feel lost or unsure of what my next step should be, I find comfort in revisiting all the things that once set my heart on fire. As cheesy as it may sound, every time I visit New York City, it feels like I need to be there longer, like there’s a grand adventure waiting to pull me in if I’d simply allow it. I’ve traveled across the nation and throughout various countries, and yet, every time I visit New York, it feels like I’m coming home, to a place where other dreamers, doers, and visionaries set out on their goals too.

Maybe it’ll all work out, that I’ll find another dream job and allow myself to make this my permanent home. Or maybe it won’t, and I’ll go onto the next adventure with lessons learned and my head held high. But my entire life, I have been so calculated, so prepared, so rehearsed that this leap of faith into something unknown will not be wasted time. Whether it’s 3 months, 3 years, or 3 decades that I spend in this New York City adventure, I know that there’s stories waiting to be told at every corner, and I intend to find them.

I’m ready for you, NYC. Please be good to me.

Published by Julia Schemmer

Making the world a little more darling, one article at a time.

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