new york city.
A city that gives you life and love. A city that provides more than just beautiful buildings, shopping, and food. A city that gives you a feeling of pure joy and happiness and makes you feel at home. That is what New York City is to me.
I remember longing to visit for the very first time.
I was in high school and I had made my fair share of poor life decisions and seriously terrible judges in character. Without going into much detail I spent most of my junior year pining after a boy who had no desire to be with me and instead just wanted to use me. To say it was a hard time in my life would be an understatement, I spent many nights alone and sad. This “relationship” went up in flames early during my senior year causing even more sadness and lots of tears. Joy and happiness was not something I had felt in a while…until I stepped off the plane at Laguardia Airport on November 4, 2011. Everything changed.
Being in a place where anything could happen, where it was exciting, and adventurous and full of life gave me a sense of peace. I realized that everything happens for a reason, that sometimes you have to fall flat on your face and make a few mistakes in life before you can ever succeed. I had never felt more at home as I did while in the city.
Fast forward to August 2014, I had this boyfriend…his name was Jmo. He gave me the best birthday gift I could have ever imagined. For the first time since 2011 I was getting to go back to New York City but this time it was with someone who had and would continue to change my life and show me what love and happiness really meant. And would fall in love with New York City too.
When I am asked why I love New York so much I always answer with the simple, I love the people, the fast paced city life, the buildings, and the food. I have always felt that was the best answer because how can I really put into words how important New York was and is to my life.
I can’t begin to explain the overwhelming sense of happiness that I feel every time I go to New York, it’s crazy to think that a city can make you feel like you can take on the world but it can and I love it.
Each visit is filled with wonder and excitement. I have experienced so many wonderful moments in my favorite city. Moments of love, laughter, purpose, success, and pure happiness. I have never had an unhappy moment in the city because I believe that I can never be truly unhappy in a place that has helped shape me into the woman I am today.
Earlier this year I took my daughter Meadow, who was two months old at the time to visit New York City for the very first time. Being able to experience New York with my daughter was something I can not put into words.
Today I reflect on the past ten years and see how much my life has changed and how much I have grown. I walked into the city for the very first time heartbroken but I left happy, excited, and ready to change my life. Since then I have learned what it is really like to be in love, to have a partner that loves me and cares for me no matter what, and to now pass that love on to our beautiful daughter. I have truly never been more happy.
New York City is invincible, powerful, exciting, and I love it more and more each day. Thankful for all the visits and all the wonderful memories the beautiful city has given me.
Always looking forward to the next moment I step off a plane in my favorite place.
Photos By: Kelsey Crawford