A view from the top – where the possibilities are endless!


I went to NYC for the first time in 2006. As a child I had decided since New York was cold and full of people, I wasn’t too interested in going there. I always figured I wouldn’t feel safe, and I would get lost. I decided if I had to pick a big city to live in, I would pick LA. A good portion of this decision was based on the fact that I loved sunny weather, and all of my favorite TV shows were filmed in LA. But, even so, when we were embarking on the trip I was a bit apprehensive.

We were only going to be there for about 48 hours. And my only goal on the trip was to make it to Rockefeller Center to see the tree. I’ve always loved Christmas trees, and when they are all lit up I can sit and look at the lights for hours. It’s calming to me. We drove into New Jersey, and made our way to NYC via the subway, and our train stopped in Grand Central Station. When we got out into the night lights, I found myself feeling unusually comfortable. There were people everywhere. It was three days before Christmas. It was cold and rainy but not freezing out. And the whole time I was there, I was continuously surprised at how at home I felt. There are more people in a two block radius than there are in my entire state. But something about it just fit.

When we got down to the tree I remember just thinking to myself, if it weren’t insanely expensive or I were a millionaire, or I figured out a way to get into Columbia to go to school, I could totally live here. People weren’t rude. They were simply on their way to wherever they were going. And we were as well. We didn’t get lost. Far fewer strangers came up to me and asked me for money than did when I lived in Jackson. In fact, I think only one person did, and that was at the train station. But there was nothing scary about it. When we went to the Top of the Rock and looked out over the city, it was a truly beautiful sight. We could see the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. The bridges were lit. There were red and green lights for the season. You could see life. For miles and miles. You just knew there was life all around. It was lively, and encouraging, and you could feel the energy in the air. You could see all of the different avenues of possibility that were right at your fingertips. They are simply waiting for you to stroll their way.

Sometimes it’s surprising what we find when we go places we never really wanted to go. I never wanted to go to NYC, yet it took one quick trip for me to fall in love (and I WILL be back one day). I never wanted to write a blog, but this has turned out to be one of the most encouraging experiences I’ve had in a long time. I never wanted to pursue my dreams, because there was a chance I would fail, and I didn’t know how to handle that, yet this journey of writing and publishing and reaching people with something I believe in has been the best experience I’ve had despite its frustrations. Sometimes if we change our point of view, and we try new things – even those we really don’t think we want to, it can change our lives in the most wonderful way. Whether it’s writing a different type of story than we had envisioned, taking a job we didn’t think we wanted to have, traveling somewhere we aren’t really interested in going, there may just be something in those experiences that change our lives for the better. So don’t forget to be open, and try to envision what life could be like with a view from the top.

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Posted on July 1, 2012, in June 2012, Uncategorized, writing and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 50 Comments.

  1. I love this post so much. I love NYC for the same reasons, although I’ve never actually been there;-) I love how you describe the need to be open to change – many challenges you’ve faced (blogging, writing, travelling and the risk of failure) are ones I’ve experiences as well.

    And here we both are, perhaps slightly battered and wiser, but exploring new things and growing because of it.

    • 🙂 How cool! I have certain other places I feel that way about as well. Strangely enough they are not very similar. Hawaii is standard, but I used to love Costa Rica in high school even though I had no idea where it was at. I’ve never been. And the other is London. Nothing tropical about it! But I’ve always been drawn to it.

  2. I just love your insights! Thank you for sharing them to us. 🙂

  3. Hi Lauren, I love NYC, I first visited it in 2007 when I went to run the marathon – I wasn’t looking for love either but I fell in love in New York – quite literally!! That relationship is over, however I am very grateful it happened – ‘Don’t be sad that it’s over, be happy that it happened’. I have put in a proposal to do some work in NYC, so my fingers and toes are crossed that will happen – you will be most welcome to visit me 🙂 Clarabelle

  4. NYC is the best place in the world!!! I try to go as often as I can. Rockefeller at Christmas is one of the most magical places ever.

  5. I’ve met some very nice people from New York, but I’ve never been there. It’s on the ol’ bucket list.

  6. I loved NewYork when i went there, It should be the law that eveyone has to go at least once in a lifetime.

  7. I love NYC! My home sweet home <3. I'm glad you had a blast in The City That Never Sleeps!

  8. Visiting NYC has been a long time dream. Did have a chance once but couldn’t grab it then…. Wish someday …..Your post re-ignited that dream! Thanks!

  9. You captured my feelings about NYC! I love the city, ever since Hubs and I went for our honeymoon. We’ve been back twice. Like you, we’re moving there once we win the lottery.

    I agree that we need to try the things we think we won’t like– what’s the worst that can happen? Also, I recommend Austin– good food, good music, good people. There are a lot of hiking trails there and beautiful scenery. I suggest making it an Austin/San Antonio trip. Both are unique cities.

    Thanks for stopping by and liking my post.

    • Thanks for visiting mine as well! And if you win the lottery can I live in your guest house/apartment in NYC and be your maid or something. I’ve got lots of nanny experience. Even if it’s cats I’m taking care of! 🙂

      And thanks for the tips on Austin. I can swing San Antonio. I’ve always thought it would be nice to visit there as well.

  10. Hey there!

    I appreciate the ‘like’ on my blog. Come the seventeenth, I will have blogged every day for a year (give or take; if I got behind, I caught up). I’m so stoked about the future! I wish you the best in all your writing endeavors. On the subject of NY, look for Colson Whitehead’s “The Colossus of New York” (book). He’s a Brooklynite and he knows what he’s talking about. Also: The Camera Eye by RUSH (song) I might live in Southern Oregon (I do) but they take me away.

    Anyways—much blessings to ya!

    • Thank you very much! I’ll look them up 🙂 I think I actually bought that book for my friend who loves New York and was planning a visit earlier this year.

  11. I love the last part of the article— “Whether it’s writing a different type of story than we had envisioned, taking a job we didn’t think we wanted to have, traveling somewhere we aren’t really interested in going, there may just be something in those experiences that change our lives for the better. So don’t forget to be open, and try to envision what life could be like with a view from the top.”

  12. Change My Body...Change My Life

    What a marvelous experience. I had a similar happy surprise when I went to Quebec City recently. Our hearts tell us where home is.

    • That sounds like a nice trip. I’d have to brush up on my non-existent French skills first! But I have friends from there, and I’ve always wanted to go. Glad you enjoyed your trip 🙂

  13. It seems no matter what our age…stepping out into unknown territory is always a challenge but so often we’re happy that we did…Diane

  14. Great post! It’s important, I think, to get out of our comfort zone. New experiences give us a different perspective. It’s scary to do something out of the ordinary, but so satisfying when we do it, even if it’s not what we expected.

  15. 🙂 I think “my top” was the day my wife and I had our row and I went for that long walk and… yes… I decided that yes, it was better if we divorce. I don’t think I’ve ever looked down on my life from such a great height. I started my blog exactly a week later.

    It’s been dizzying. I’ve felt like falling from that great height many times… but in fact, when I learnt to let go, I found I could fly. And I found there are other, much greater heights I can now reach as a result 🙂

  16. I think we are having some same thoughts today.
    It’s always better to challenge yourself, even if it doesn’t work out the way you intended, it may give you a new direction, help you grow, you just need to be open to the possibilities.
    And going to NYC, now that looks simply divine!

    • Doesn’t it! I need to go back. I used to say I could never live there with the cold, but I can just visit home in the winter… It’s always hot here! And you are right about the same wavelength! 🙂

  17. This child of NYC loved this blog. Glad you felt comfortable. I felt your message to be open was directed to me. I know many will be encouraged by it. Thanks.

  18. Yeah NYC is safer and cleaner than Dallas or Houston.

    • I’ve never been to Houston, despite having relatives there and it being closer to me than any big city in Texas. How’s Austin? That’s where I want to go!

      • Yeah everyone wants to go to Austin… The good museums are in Dallas and Houston, but if you’re into guitar rock Austin is the place. South Austin is full of tattoo’d weirdo’s, but the northern part near the state capital is all rich political. Other than that it’s kinda a big college town. South Austin is really just townie’s.

      • Interesting. I don’t have a good reason for wanting to go there, just always been drawn to it. Thanks for the advice! 🙂

  19. what a great perspective!

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