Finding Fresh Air

The New York Bubble

By Oliva Salomon


I grew up with a dream shared by many: to take a bite out of the Big Apple. I arrived fresh off the plane from Georgia with the plans of an eighteen year-old and a wardrobe from Target, ready to take the city by storm. New York is legendary for a reason, and chances are if you’ve taken the plunge and moved to the city that never sleeps you’ve got bravery and dreams to back you up. Ask any New Yorker and they’re certain to assure you that nothing tops this. Because that’s the thing about New York: it’s all here.


There are few New Yorkers who can truly say they’ve seen everything this incredible city has to offer– and how could they? One of the best things about New York is its ability to surprise you. While it’s certainly in a state of constant change, it’s the cultural caches hidden in little streets throughout the boroughs that hold the city’s history in place. There’s so much to see and do, yet it’s important to remember that there’s always more to see. It’s easy to become happy in the New York bubble; if I had my choice I’d never leave. But there comes a time when every person needs to reclaim the sanity that New York life can allow us to lose. We have to be able to find silence, serenity, and a perspective other than the typical New Yorker’s. And while we’re lucky to have countless parks and museums at our fingertips, there aren’t many opportunities to be alone.


It’s also important to stay in touch with the outside world– not just politically. There is so much to appreciate just beyond the city’s boundaries. Opportunities are endless, and when you live in a city that’s sometimes superficial, it is vital to spend time amongst nature and to find ways to connect with the Earth and help those around you.


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