Celebrate, we will, for life is short but sweet for certain. -Dave Matthews Band
After experiencing true New York City driving first hand yesterday upon my arrival through the Lincoln Tunnel into the city, I was not ready to say that I love New York. I spent an hour at the wheel, jammed and swarmed by more people than cars in the middle of Times Square (yes, I am the idiot that followed my MapQuest through Times Square instead of around it) and it took us approximately one hour to move ten blocks. As I was stuck in the middle of an intersection, the craziness of New York turned my panic into laughter. There really is no place like New York City.
As tourists from every nationality I can imagine circled my car and honking ensued from all sides of the intersection, I realized what it is about New York City that makes people so crazy about it. People love people. We don’t often admit it, but we love the madness of a mob and the camaraderie felt in the solidarity of millions of people condensed into one small space. Even though being in a city can be a very lonely experience, being in a city is a harsh, and I do mean harsh, reminder that we are in fact not alone.
Feeling misunderstood? No problem, there are millions of people out there who will understand you. Feeling alone? No problem, New York can fix that one too. Feeling like you’re just average? New York will change your mind on that. You see, when you see millions of people at one time, there’s something special that happens when you realize that there is no one, and I repeat, no one like you. In an endless crowd of faces, yours is unique.
Celebrate each unique face of life that you see and celebrate the individual joy that only you can share with the world. Share on!