Sometimes I Need To Remind Myself Why I Love Living In NYC, So I Pretend I'm A Tourist

Sometimes I Need To Remind Myself Why I Love Living In NYC, So I Pretend I'm A Tourist

What a great daily reminder to always try and see things through tourist's eyes once in a while to keep the spark burning.
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So far, I've found that whenever I’m down or even just 'eh' about New York City, acting like a tourist again always makes me excited to be here.

A friend of mine was in town recently, and constantly doing touristy or local things with her brought life and excitement to the little things that are exciting and different about NYC — the things I was once excited about when I moved here. Sometimes it’s so easy to get caught up in the negatives of city life - the fast pace, rude people, overcrowding, and how dirty it is that we forget to see all the beauty around us.

Being like a tourist, or showing a friend around the city, is perfect for this because it allows you to discard your old glasses and grab a new rose-colored pair that sees the beauty. A friend who is visiting sees all the excitement, and all the pros of the city- that’s the whole reason they visited.

Taking part in their excitement is contagious and always immediately makes me feel brand new. I forget about my reasons for being ‘eh’ about the city and immediately am high off the rush and whirl of the city seen through fresh eyes.




Everything is magical!

"Wow, that building is pretty, wow I love cabs and brownstones and the city lights, oh my!"

I just read an article about New York saying that ‘the city will reflect your mood’, and I can’t agree more. When you are down, you see the ugliness of the city, but when you are happy the possibilities feel endless, and mundane views appear beautiful. That’s why viewing the city through the eyes of a curious, excited tourist gets me revved up about the city.

Think of the grand and unique things of your town that people visit for, that people would kill to experience. My hometown, Grand Junction, CO was never anything too special to me - and yet when I tell people about it that live here in the city- they are floored. Oh my god you had horses??? Mountains?? Sign me up!!

What a great daily reminder to always try and see things through tourist's eyes once in a while to keep the spark burning.

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An Open Letter To The Judgmental People In My Hometown

Imperfections are what gives a diamond its value.
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Dear judgemental, simple minded people from my hometown,

I am sorry that I have never met your level of perfection.

Coming from a small town, everyone settles to the norm of the people around them. Unlike you all, I have always been a little bit different.

I've never understood why everyone always seems to feel the need to talk down to the next person. People love to gossip about a situation as long as the situation has nothing to do with them. For every move I made, someone was always there to bring out the negativity in the situation. You all are always sweeping around somebody else's doorstep when I know your doorstep is not clean. Maybe it is time to buy a new broom. I know that I cannot please everybody and that I will also not be liked by everybody. However, I deserve respect just as the next person.

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I hope for the sake of the future generations of our small town, you all can learn to be more accepting to change.

I hope that no one judges your children like some of you all have judged me. I hope that the people that you love and care about are welcomed and accepted for who they are.

If we put as much time into being better people or helping others like you put into judging others, the world would be a much better place.

Imperfections are what gives a diamond its value. Pebbles are perfectly round. I'd much rather be a diamond, one in a million, than a pebble that fits in.

Sincerely,

The one whose every move you criticize

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