NYC: Not a City for the Broke
I apologize for being a terrible blogger. I thought when I moved to New York that I'd have a million things to blog about, but it turned out that when you have a job and other responsibilities, you get burnt out on having the urge to write. New York is also a city where you must have money to enjoy experiences.
There are a million articles on things to do in the city for free, but in real life, these things are either not that exciting or something you could've done from home anyways. Free movies in the park turn into a stream of thoughts, "How long is it going to take me to get there?" "Do I have a blanket to sit on?" "Do I have to go alone or can I convince a friend to go with me?" "Oh, they're showing a movie I can either find on Netflix or an illegal stream, so what's the point in leaving my safe, warm home and going outside?" And the questions continue.
When your metro card costs as much as it does, then you have less money for food, which means going to that hot new restaurant you heard about is out of the question. What else is free? The Staten Island ferry? Okay well how many times can you scramble onto it and cross over before realizing it's not actually that exciting and there's nothing to do on Staten Island, so what's the point?
If this feels like a barrage of complaints, it kind of is. I do really enjoy New York and I have met wonderful people here and have gotten involved with the comedy community, which is exactly what I set out to do. The unfortunate reality of living here though is the "broke-ass bitch" part that many people ignore when they're romanticizing the city. I was one of these people and I ignored the reality to focus on "the dream" of going to New York.
And now it's been 4.5 months since I made the move and I truly understand how people can fall out of love with this place. When you first get here it's crazy and fantastic and seems like everything you could ever want. But then cut to a few months down the road and getting slobbered on in the subway makes you regret the fact that you're poor and have to take public transportation when you had such a lovely life back home in your small town where you could afford a car.
Perhaps it's a part of my personality type to idealize places and think that New York was IT! And while I do enjoy living here and have found many things to keep me busy, there is that small part of me that wonders what I would be doing had I stayed back in my college town and could actually save money to put away for traveling (unlike now where I am down to my last $100 and waiting nervously for my next paycheck to come in).
At the end of the day, I am happy in New York. Do I wish I could live here and also save money for future opportunities? Yes. That would be ideal. I still want to travel and see the world, but when rent is $1000 a month and I will have to start paying back my student loans pretty soon, I am not sure of how I can save money without possibly having to take on a part-time weekend gig, but in the meantime, I like this city and hope to build up that love I had for it when I first arrived.
Look for a few posts coming up soon that prove I still have an adventurous spirit in me. My boyfriend was in town for Labor Day weekend so I was pulled out of my comfort zone of staying in to play tourist with him for the short time he was here. And hopefully within the next few months (with the weather getting more mild), I'll be happier to go out and write about lifestyle topics, as well as see what travel content I can create from this fantastic city I live in.