I grew up believing I would NEVER want to live in a concrete jungle like New York. Considering I’ve only lived in cities with populations under 10,000 people, I couldn’t imagine not knowing my neighbors, or having to worry about locking my door. My parents own about 9 acres of land where I spent so many summer nights sprawled out on a blanket watching shooting stars. Cities seemed too constraining and claustrophobic. I had explored Milwaukee and Chicago here and there, so I knew that bigger cities offered a lot more diversity and night-life — not to mention I wouldn’t have to drive an hour to the mall. Still, I swore I would live out my days in places with lots of trees and fresh air.
I must say, after actually visiting NYC this past summer, I’ve changed my opinion quite a bit. While I still pine after the wide open spaces of the rural areas in the Midwest, I’ve learned to love the beauty that can be found amid the rising skylines. My husband recently completed a summer internship in Manhattan while I stayed behind to take a couple college courses. I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to visit over a long weekend, and we did a little bit of tourist-y sightseeing. We went to see Mary Poppins on Broadway, Times Square, Central Park, and the Metropolitan Museum. Everywhere I went, I was hearing beautiful languages spoken by beautiful people in beautiful places. Being able to take the Subway EVERYWHERE was a huge turn on for me because Wisconsin’s public transportation sucks, quite frankly. I only got a little taste of the Big Apple, but I was immediately craving more.
Let's Here It For New York!
My new found appreciation for the big city came just at the right time! As it turns out, I’ll be moving there this May! My husband was offered a full-time position at the place where he completed his internship. A week or so after I graduate from college, I’ll be taking the plunge into NYC! I am not going to lie, I am nervous. That weekend over the summer was the most time I’ve spent there in my entire life. Still, I feel as if I’m writing a whole new chapter for myself. I have no doubt that this change will expose me to an unending amount of possibilities. A wise man once said:
“The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
I don’t know who that man is, but I like this quote! I feel it sums up pretty much everything about what this move will mean.
Not to mention, I’ll be able to do some of my runs in Central Park! Can I get a woot-woot?!
Any suggestions on things I need to do or see once I get there? Anything I should be prepared for or expect?
Posted in Change, Husband, Moving, New York, Uncategorized
Tagged Central Park, Change, Mary Poppins, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Milwaukee, Moving, New York City, Times Square, wisconsin
Those who reside in the arctic tundra of Wisconsin tend to pride themselves on their ability to gracefully survive the bone chilling cold and excessively long winters. Some people claim they love that wet cold that freezes over their face and pride themselves on their ability to drive through a couple feet of snow.
I am not this Wisconsinite. I hate winter. Ok, the first month of snow is pretty and I appreciate the winter activities like snowboarding. Other than that, not so much. Last winter, we had snow into early May and by that time I had a serious case of winter blues. So these last couple weeks, when I noticed my mood changing significantly, I assumed it was just those same blues settling in early.
But this was so extreme! I would cry at nothing and go from happy to sad in seconds. Anyone who knows me, knows this is completely out of character. I’m a genuinely happy person! This was not from simply the weather changing.
I decided it could be stress. I’m taking 17 credits this semester and things are coming to a head with finals looming on the horizon. I tried taking naps and exercising more to relieve that built up tension. Nope! Still felt awful! For whatever reason I couldn’t shake the constant feeling of sadness or heaviness inside.
After a brief search online for any ideas as to what this could be, I found my answer. The only prescription I am on is for birth control, which I had been on for almost a year. Turns out I’m one of MANY who are on the pill and suffering from “depression” like symptoms similar to what I had been feeling. Even though I’ve been taking the same one for a while, it seems these symptoms can show themselves at various times.
I imagine this is different depending on your body and how it reacts to various hormones. Mine apparently doesn’t function well under this one! I stopped taking it and made an appointment with my doctor to talk about alternatives. I can already tell I’m much less anxious and on edge.
I just thought this was something I should share because someone out there may have had similar issues.
Obviously talk to a doctor because I am not one! But I was so relieved to find an answer to my problem that I couldn’t help but tell someone else!