This calls for another video!
If I had to describe the last year in one word, it would be “strength.” When I was preparing to leave my beloved Seattle, I had no idea what lie ahead. I didn’t know if I could handle the city. I didn’t know if I could navigate the subways. I didn’t know if I would make any friends. My year was a like a test of every skill I’d learned in my 30 years.
I came here for a fresh start. For the first time in my life, I stopped saying, “someday I might” and started saying, “today I will.” And the opportunities for what I could do were endless. My big challenge was accepting that I couldn’t see and do everything in one day.
But don’t think it was all Broadway shows, museums and acing tests at NYU. This year was plenty hard, too. I had a rat run across my apartment. I had to walk through the city in the sweltering summer heat. I had a roommate who can only be described as “unstable.” I fell in the Hudson River. I rode out a hurricane. I missed my friends.
But I also managed to find places in the city that feel all mine. Mind, Body Bootcamp, Cindy Lai Fitness, The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, the Park Avenue Armory, Blue Bottle Coffee and so many more.
I am so excited for the next year. My plans include a road trip to Montreal and Lake Placid where I will finally try bobsledding! I’ll finish up my certificates at NYU and find a new side project. I want to explore more of the outer boroughs, go to a Nets game, see more shows and SUP somewhere other than the Hudson River.
This year has brought out the best side of me possible, if I do say so myself. I feel happier than I’ve ever been.