I have a love/hate relationship with the subway. I hate waiting for the train. The wait almost doubles my commute time. But when it comes to driving in the city, there is nothing I would rather do than take the train. Driving here is a nightmare! Two of my roommates have cars and whenever we do drive around I feel like I could faint from anxiety. Not to mention the car sickness that comes with the constant slamming of brakes and swerving from lane to lane.
There are so many friendly people in Manhattan. And so many of them are looked over. I have made it a goal in 2013 to be as friendly as possible + all the time. That means to everyone. The pizza delivery boy, the teller at the bank, the cashier at the grocery store, etc. Sometimes after a long day, when I'm tired and anxious to be home, and dreading the crazy commute, I don't feel like being energetic. But never once have a regretted making myself smile or paying a compliment. You never know when you will brighten someones day. People will surprise you.
Last weekend our friend Anna (shout out) came to visit. It was her first time in New York and we were anxious to show her the sites. On our way to the train we stopped to get her a subway pass. The train isn't cheap. I wouldn't say it's expensive but tourists can easily go through $30-40 in a weekend. That adds up when you add in all the costs from seeing sites. As she pulled out her card to buy a pass a cute little woman walked up and handed her a card. Surprised, Anna swiped the card expecting it to have a dollar or two on it. Amazingly it was an unlimited card that expired the exact day she flew home. Talk about great karma! Free transportation for an entire vacation. See, I told you people in New York are sweethearts!
Everyone I know that is originally from New York hates all the touristy things in the city. I understand. They are filled with crowds and obnoxious people flashing cameras and misbehaved, screaming children. I, however, love these places. To me they are still so magical. I love traveling and I completely understand why people insist on taking pictures and waiting in long lines and dealing with crowds. Dealing with those things is worth it if it means you get to check a destination off your bucket list. I will always get goose bumps when I see the lights in Times Square. I will always wave to the Statue of Liberty. And I will never stop being a tourist at heart.
"The things you take for granted someone else is praying for." I am so thankful to live in New York. I hear constant complaints every day from people who let this city get them down. At this point I always remind myself just how much I wanted to be here before it was a reality. We all have so much to be thankful for. I am so humbled by the people of New York I have experienced so much love and witnessed beautiful acts of kindness. And so, I am thankful.