When I moved to NYC over 12 years ago I had no idea how this move would impact my life. Over the course of that time, this great city has endured so much but one thing is for sure- like it’s people, it is resilient and steadfast.
Of course there are days I long to go back west, to visit my family in Hawaii or settle back into the crisp mountain air of Colorado where I grew up but it’s times like this that I know I’m exactly where I need to be. It’s times like this that make me proud to be a New Yorker .
With more than 500,000 people without power in the New York City area alone and thousands displaced; the destruction left behind by Sandy will take days, if not weeks to survey and who knows how long to repair. Despite the uncertainty and everything that has happened, I can’t help but feel immense gratitude to simply be here now and to have my loved ones close.
In the coming weeks more than likely business will be as usual. That’s what this great city is all about. Yes, living in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world is filled with endless perks and is more than a girl who grew up in the mid-west could have ever imagined she’d experience in her lifetime but it’s the energy and pulse of NYC- the heart of its people that inspires me, uplifts me, and truly lights me up.
On this day may we take the time to express our gratitude for what is and send our love, prayers, and light to those who need it most.
With Love & Gratitude,