On Saturday afternoon the weather was that great that I forced myself to get out of my bed, dress up and go for a walk in the Upper West Side with my two roommates. At first I was complaining because I love doing nothing on week-ends but then I was proud of me and glad of this afternoon outside.
I am living in Harlem which is a neighborhood that I love. However I have to admit that even if some streets are lovely, the architecture in the UWS is sooo beautiful, like nothing I’ve seen before. When I am there, I feel like being in a movie and I love to experience this feeling.
So I was walking under this gorgeous sky and this astonished temperature while I suddenly realize the chance I have to live in New York city. It happens sometimes when I am taking the time to wander, when I don’t have any pressure and I know that I have all day long aheadwithout any obligations (on week-ends), I realize how lucky I am to live her. This is such a beautiful city full of dreams and promises and I certain that more than one would kill to have my chance.
One thing is sad though. The fact that when we are used to a place (especially the city we are living in) all this excitement of the discovery of a new city is getting down and we don’t take the time to enjoy our environment anymore and realize the chance to walk every day in a place like that.
Until August, I lived all my life in Paris. I was walking for years in the same streets, taking the same directions, the same subways. At the end I was so bored of my routine that I was always complaining about living in Paris, where I was obliged to support the bad Parisian behaviors and the shitty weather. But when I head back to France for Christmas break, I could discover my city again, with a more positive point of view this time. I walked a lot in the city forcing me to raise my head up and look at the beautiful typical Parisian architecture. This break made me made up with Paris, it was like a new discovery of a city I knew for more than a long time ago and I enjoyed it way too much!
All of this taught me something: doesn’t matter where we are living, it is important to take the time while we are walking to raise our head and enjoy the beautiful architectural gifts a city can offer and most of all it is more than important to realize the chance to live in a big city (such as New York) and be every day glad of it. You’ll see, this boring daily journey will appear more enjoyable and entertaining.