Have you ever felt alone here in New York? Yes, I have. So many people and yet feeling as though there was nobody around. I just moved to Brooklyn from a small town in Upstate New York this August. When I first arrived I had a pep in my step and felt ready to experience living in the big city! After about a month living here, I realized I felt lonelier than ever. I could have moved into a tent in a field and felt less alone with all the little critters and stars above me. I was in a weird funk. The smallest kind gesture from a stranger meant the world to me, even a smile did the trick. All I wanted was a hug and a glass of wine after a long day of dealing with “heartless” city folk.
After countless nights of contemplating whether I made the wrong decision moving to New York City or not, I realized that I needed to live it out. I could be that person to put a smile on someones face. I could be the person to lend a helping hand to those in need. WE can ALL be that person! What a time to be alive! Be the person who sits next to the girl crying on the train and ask her if there is anything that you could do to help, possibly a hug? There is a stigma about New Yorkers being “heartless”, but I think we are surrounded by good people every day. Open your eyes. Crack a smile. Maybe stop looking at your phone and start a conversation with someone. Who knows what opportunities could arise for those who are open to accepting change! Maybe I am just a small town hippie at heart. Maybe the world just needs a group hug.
Jaime R. – Section Mon. 10:10