The Weekly Photo Challenge by Pick from the Daily Post is: In the Background! As I looked through so many really awesome blogs with this theme I remembered one of my favorite New York shots that my friend took of me. I usually hate my photo being taken (hence my desire to take photos of everyone else). I always seem to have some snarky look on my face, food in my mouth or my eyes closed. What I like about this photo is there is so much action going on in the background that you really hardly notice me. (Or that my eyes are closed!! OR that I look like I am about to throw up!!)
The second I chose because 1. I Love New York (refer to several past posts for confirmation of this fact). 2. There are always so many things going on in the background of nearly every picture I take in New York. (and finally) 3. I saw this quote and immediately thought of so many photos I took while in New York and the massive crowds of people that are in any one place at any one time.
Peyton: At this moment there are 6,470,818,671 people in the world. Some are running scared. Some are coming home. Some tell lies to make it through the day. Others are just now facing the truth. Some are evil men, at war with good. And some are good, struggling with evil. Six billion people in the world. Six billion souls. And sometimes — all you need is one. – One Tree Hill
“We are food for worms, lads,” announces John Keating, the unorthodox English teacher played by Robin Williams in the 1989 film Dead Poets Society. “Believe it or not,” he tells his students, “each and every one of us in this room is one day going to stop breathing, turn cold, and die.” – Poets.org
So here I am..I have been sitting for nearly 2 days..sniffling, coughing..wondering if I will live …missing my family and the friends who just finished visiting me in May..a spring/summer cold in June. In JUNE!!!! Loads of language homework in front of me I can’t seem to focus on..alone.. alone..all alone..no one to baby me back to health… feeling a little sorry for myself. I mean, why wouldn’t I..
Then.. I stumble across the Daily Post’s Challenge: Fleeting.
What an inspirational set of photos and pieces of writing. An hour disappears while I peruse other’s entries and I find myself inspired to submit a few of my own very recent fleeting moments. A few times with friends over the past few months. Happy fleeting moments that you can so easily forget about or take for granted. I have a great life and here’s to enjoying some of the most recent moments that came and went quicker than I could have imagined.
This was a great challenge for the week and a topic that caused me to really re-think about some of my past travels in a different light. I’ve traveled all over the world and I love this part of my life and this part of this job I have. However, after my travels I always seem to come back to the U.S. loving it even more than before I left. The place I find I love the most is New York.
There is just something about this city that makes me happy. The people are fantastic, the buildings are amazing and there is ALWAYS something interesting going on. Even when NOTHING is going on.. there is SOMETHING going on. It is a city that never really sleeps but even with that you can find your moments of quiet and solitude.
I have been treated so kindly by New Yorkers and am always shocked when I hear people say rude things about the city or the people. If you want to be involved there are a million opportunities. If you want peace and quiet you can have it in a natural setting or even in the middle of a crowded street. The people will engage you or leave you alone based on your stance and attitude.
There is art and culture mixed with grime, crime and graffitti, good and bad, quiet and chaos. It’s the one place in the world you can have it all.. or have absolutely nothing and be o.k. You can travel to Italy or China in 10 minutes. High end stores or sidewalk sales. Hundreds of great places to eat, several dozen modes of transportation quirky characters all in one place. What more could you ask for?
Though I can’t really live there right now, I think that eventually I might. It’s expensive and I’m not from New York so moving there might be a little hard for me to do. I’m not quite sure how to bring this up but it would be so much easier for me to make that transition if New York would just adopt me. Yes, you heard me.. I want the City to adopt me. I’m not talking about getting a key to the city.. I’m talking about the City actually legally adopting me. I realize that would probably entail me changing my last name to York.. or even New York but I’m ok with that. Why should the city adopt me? Why can’t I move there without that happening? I don’t know it’s just my perspective that I am a good fit and this is something that should happen.
I’ve included some photos of some of my favorite things in NY. If anyone reading this knows how I might be able to get the paperwork started don’t hesitate contacting me. I’m only sort of joking.