I am not sure if you could tell that but I do.
I have lived in the tri-state area all my life. Although I always try to leave, it never happens. I end up going on vacation and missing New York like crazy. Although Europe came VERY close to stealing my heart... it just doesn't have the feeling I get when I think about how I, 25 year old me, can survive in the most expensive area in the entire country for years on my own.
Now.. when I was trying to apply for college, in my mind, all I wanted to do was get the hell out of Connecticut, where I went to high school. I was looking in Hawaii, California, Arizona... anywhere that was really far away. My parents declined my interest in the West coast because it was too far away so I started looking a bit closer. My only choice because I was NOT going to Jersey, was New York.
I was not happy about this. I really didn't want to stay close. I graduated high school in 2002. 9/11 was the year before. My family went on a trip to Florida and we ended up watching a documentary on 9/11 and the fire fighters that died.
It was so moving and made me so sad that I decided from that moment on that I couldn't leave New York and that I needed to be there to be with all these people that went through all those things. Because me being there really saved them right?! But that made me make the choice to stay and then make my way to living in New York.
Although I haven't moved into the city, I live 20 minutes away and visit frequently. I love everything about New York from the streets, to the people, to the smell, to the look and the feel, to the bridges and the random things that happen all of the time. I love my life that I have built here in this little area that I call my own.
I wouldn't change it for the world.
Do you have a New York story?