Friday, March 12, 2010

If YOU can make it here…YOU can make it anywhere!

I live in New York and this is home for me for many reasons but here is top one reason: I FELL IN LOVE. I fell in love with NYC many years ago when I was sitting on my grandmother’s couch in Ecuador watching Friends … I used to hear the theme song:

So no one told you life was going to be this way.
Your job's a joke, you're broke, you’re love life's DOA.
It's like you're always stuck in second gear,
Well, it hasn't been your day, your week, your month, or even your year…”.

And I used to think….OHhhhh, I wonder (while trying to sing) if it is going to be like that when I LIVE IN NYC”?

Anyways, but back then everything about NYC to me was just glitter, and more shiny glitter. Then Sex and the City hit Ecuador and the magic started … For many of us that was the best show on television. Nothing better then SEX and NYC! The fantasy of the city where dreams are made of on that show, created an even better picture to me.

When I was finitely forced to move to the US, I lived in NJ for a little awhile then I moved to North Carolina for 6 and half years. I met people I still love and have in my live. It was fun but I always wonder… are these 100 counties going to do it for me? …. Is this the place where I want to live the rest of my life? Granted, I love the south and I consider that in those years and some of the people I surrounded myself with created a little southern-bell in me. I also still love my sweet tea, my grits with cheese and my Texas pete! Iiiiijjjaaaaa!!!

One day sitting on my bed bored out of my mind I decided to buy a ticket to visit a friend from NY, I came and I loved it. I went back to NC to pack my clothes and only my clothes and moved to New York (I donated all of my furniture to the Salvation Army) I didn’t think twice, I just did it! It felt liberating…still does!

After a few months, I moved into a small apartment with the best roommate I could ever have. My dear Emily, she was and has been the only female I have ever share a living space and she will be and forever be my love and I know (Emily has mentioned many times) that I am make the best rice and beans she ever had. I started living the city life with a great job 10 minutes away from our apartment and living in midtown was the best location possible for me… I thought to my self “Self, lets start the new Sex in the City Mayra Style….not that much sex but a lot of the city! lol

When the movie Sex and the City came out, my friends and I could not wait to watch it, we even planned a big group of us just girls. Movie and then brunch … that was the plan. We watched it, we cried like it was The Notebook and leaving the movie theater we realized that everyone needed a tissue prior to the previews. We loved it…..BUT …. That movie is a fantasy. New York City Is a little bit more like Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind

(Middle part of the song)

“Hear it for New York, New York, New York

On the avenue, there ain’t never a curfew
Ladies work so hard
Such a melting pot on the corner selling rock
Preachers pray to God
Hail a gypsy cab
Takes me down from Harlem to the Brooklyn Bridge
Someone sleeps tonight with a hunger
For more than from an empty fridge

I’m going to make it by any means
I got a pocketful of dreams
Baby, I’m from….NY”

This is an amazing city and yes New York is a concrete jungle where dreams are made of….There’s nothing you can’t do… but you need to find your OWN way. I am sad and tired to see how many of my great friends have finished college and moved here with the similar dreams and after trying and trying… they moved on and moved to another state or back home. The scenes we love so much from Sex and the City the movie are not very common. Most of us are in our late 20’s early 30’s and think that by now our lives should be set, we should know exactly who we are and have everything settle … No, Not for anyone that moves to NYC. Don’t get me wrong, I, like Carrie consider NYC my boyfriend and I also don’t like anyone talking bad about my boyfriend (Actually my lover) but even the best boyfriend in the world is a pain in the butt and has little things we secretly wish it was different.

Many people have gone to college and now are still waitressing or taking positions completely different from what they have hoped for. Many are forced to get an extra job to afford living in the big apple. If you are considering moving to our city and making it, make sure you are strong minded, strong will and you are ready to walk but walk strong and don’t you dare let anyone intimidate you or your dreams!! You HEAR!?

But, truly, this city is amazing and savage at the same time; you find everything and more…really, a lot more!

However, my boyfriend/lover is worth it! This is the most amazing city in the world, to me. I can’t imagine leaving NYC, especially now that I have the family of my dreams and the job of my dreams and the life of my dreams with the friends of my dreams. I guess I made it….but I don’t want to see if I can make it anywhere else.

Like my girlfriend Katie Spear says : "For me, there are only two places. New York City... and everywhere else."


Sarah S. Dobbs said...

ahhhh this makes me feel so good inside! I love NY and I think I first feel in love with it watching Friends too! Looking great girl



Reh Boueri said...

I've my blog since I got in College last year. This was one of my every day assignment to practice writting. ANYWAYS haha I JUST LOVED everything you wrote. it's so true NYC is a dream. You have no idea how you open my eyes for so many of my crazy thoughts. Since we met I knew somehow we connected. You're a extremaly strong woman and I already admire you as, not only a women, but as a mother and a wife.
Keep up with the good blog job.


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