New York, I Miss You

Central Park

This image is not the typical New York City photograph. It is one of part of central park which I think is absolutely gorgeous. As I previously mentioned in my article about how I am late nearly everywhere I have traveled to New York before. Twice, actually. The first time I do not remember as well, being that it was in 2001 and I was only 7. I recall parts of it though. I actually sat upon the twin towers only weeks before 9-11. In the bottom of them one of the original Krispy Kremes Doughnut Shop was located which we had eaten at. I also remember many homeless people, one of them my dad had been chased down by because the homeless man had felt intruded upon, and I also remember the couple of Broadway shows we were able to see there.  Beauty and the Beast amazed me. My second trip to New York, was full of wonder as well. It was last summer, the summer before my freshmen year. It was an adventure. I cannot imagine living so high-up and with little out-doors. But, I soon learned that Central Park is all of the outdoors anyone needs. We spent a few of our days lounging around talking long walks there. It is so serene and peaceful. It seems like a dream now. We had perfect weather, not how people would imagine the smoggy city air. Central Park is exactly how it is pictured in movies, absolutely wonderful and full of the most vibrant greens. It gives you that feeling inside that is also present on and around Easter. I know that at some point in my life I want to though just to have that experience. Everyone has heard the saying “the city that never sleeps.” But that is far more true that it seems real. We would be out at three in the morning because there was still so much to do and we just could not get enough of it. It is a whole different life then what I am now living in. I miss it dearly and cannot wait to go back. Once, I had been there for a week and began transitioning to that lifestyle it was hard to comeback to Oklahoma.

January 27, 2010. Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Advice from Mexico

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Seventeen days ’til I will be on the beach. I decided that today I will tell a story about some of the locals.  One afternoon, we were hanging out around the town square. People started to gather, and more, and more. It seemed to me to be the whole town. Many of the children were wearing costumes. I had no idea what the reason for this crowd was. Music started playing from somewhere in the distance and it was getting closer. We then started to see peek views of beat-up vehicles with girls in the beds of the trucks. It was a parade. It was no extravagant parade, but it was a parade. The girls were wearing beautiful dresses and showing huge grins. Everyone on the premises was as happy as could be. We enjoyed the rest of the beautiful night. When the day was almost over, we again sat in the town square. An elderly man was sitting alone. My mom, being her usual talkative self, started a conversation with him. He was very interesting and had so much personality. Soon, my family was gathered around him. He told us that he never wore a watch, which at the time I thought all grown-ups wore watches. But still, his reasoning was so deep. He explained that there was no need to know the time, much less by only looking at one’s wrist. He told us that by not wearing a watch, he is able to enjoy life to its fullest without distractions. He rarely made appointments. We do live in a different situation here. But, I think as often as possible under the right circumstances we should try to leave all that behind. I can not imagine life without feeling rushed. I know that it is the cause of all of my stress. The lyrics to one of my favorite songs says, “You realize that life goes fast. It’s hard to make the good things last. You realize the sun doesn’t go down. It’s just an illusion caused by the world spinning round.” So true, so true. If we look at life and our time from this point of view, then there is no such thing as “time.”

January 25, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.