Dear New York
Dear New York,
We were introduced when I was 11 years old. I remember it all very clearly. The blinding lights, the overwhelming crowds and the oh-so lovely smell. You couldn't have been more different than my suburban town filled with farms (apart from the occasional aroma), but I loved it. You were love at first sight.
At the ripe age of 11, we began our love affair and like most love affairs, you gave me bliss and anguish. As soon as I was able, I came running to you. In the cusp of adulthood, I ran as fast I could to your arms. You rejected me. The rent was ludicrous. The people were cruel and callous. Despite this, I wanted you, but you made me work for your affection.
And boy, did I. I stumbled through college while trying to juggle a plethora of jobs and working to keep my relationships afloat. I was so naïve. But, despite the constant distress you gave me, I kept wanting more. In retrospect, you were perfect at stringing me along.
You gave me the most intense highs when I was on the brink of leaving. I remember walking through the streets at 4 a.m. – taking in your energy when the rest of your lovers had closed their eyes and I was reeled back in. There were so many nights likes this. From stumbling through Lincoln Center with my friends at 2 a.m. reminiscing about dance or drunkenly eating the best pizza in the world – you knew how to captivate a girl’s heart.
For the past 10 years, you’ve taught me love and the work that comes alongside it.
New York, I owe you so many things but the thing that I’m most grateful for is also the thing that will take me away from you – my soulmate. You introduced us on a scorching summer day in the West Village with rainbow flags and PRIDE present around us. I didn’t know then but this fateful meeting would turn into my destiny.
We’ve shared 4 lovely years together but she’s taking me on a new adventure to a new place. I will always cherish the countless memories we’ve shared. Thank you New York. Till next time.
And Atlanta, you have some mighty big shoes to fill.