About a year ago, I was travelling to New York on my way to Cape Town, South Africa. This year, I'm back around the same time, travelling as my way out of the US and into Europe. It had me thinking about a year ago and how much can change in one year.
A year ago was a pretty difficult time for me when I was travelling. I was leaving for Cape Town as an escape to think about life and to think about what had been happening the past year. I was still feeling like I was transitioning out of college, which wasn't the difficult part, but I was getting extremely tired of people telling me that I needed to get some traditional full time job, just for the money. I was also surrounded by people who weren't really creating a positive impact on my life. Just in general, I didn't really know what I was doing, and it was starting to bog me down.
A year ago, while I was in New York, I also started toying with the idea of starting a business. It had been brought up to me when I had left, and while I was in New York, I realized that it was a decision I wanted to make. Starting a business is no easy feat, and I was thinking about the amount of money I could lose. But while I was wandering the streets that day, I decided that it was something I had to do for two reasons. I wanted to prove people wrong, and I also wanted to make an impact on the world.
As I returned this past weekend, all I could think about was how much had changed in the past year. The business grew crazy successful, I left a job I hated (and started some cool new ones), my writing had begun to take off, and there was a significant amount more great people in my life. While sifting through New York, I started to thinking about all of the ways I could keep expanding the business, and all I have to say is that there is a lot more in store.
So maybe I should visit New York at this time every year because it seems to bring out the ideas in me. There is something about this time of the year that makes me reflect and refocus, and New York seems to bring out the best in that. So here's to visiting New York again, at the same place, but different time next year.