Falling In Love

The First Twenty Something Days In NYC As A Twenty Something Girl

June 14, 2016
It’s been twenty something days since I moved to New York City.

It’s been twenty something days of me living in a place I used to only dream about. After all those daydreams it looks like I finally manifested my own destiny. This time, it has been real days of accidentally touching someone’s hand on the subway rails, learning to carry cash and walk fast, and lusting over strangers in ties on Wall Street.

It’s been twenty something days and I am quite honestly smitten.

I know people sometimes believe New York City is romanticized too often. I get it, they love where they live and don’t understand this city life and the high rent it comes with. I get it because I whole-heartedly believed it myself for the years I was desperately in love in Miami.

But, damn. New York City is something else. 

I’m quite honestly surprised that I’m not already writing about missing Florida, but I couldn’t bring myself to feel regret after having the willpower to take this risk and to do it for no one but myself. TBD this winter, though.

I may or may not have even had to stop myself from crying out of gratitude on the subway in weird moments of intense retrospect. Because I love that I’ve read two books in two weeks while managing not to fall and while people uncomfortably stared at me because I already feel like I belong just like anybody.

And when people ask me, “how are you liking New York?” If this was me a few years ago before ex-boyfriends, blogs, and careers were a thing I would be 100% on a plane back to Florida begging my mom to cook me food I could afford (aka free). But this is me, all these years later. And I’m not only acclimating but I really feel myself thriving.

Because I’ve come to discover that New York is custom-made. 

There’s a certain power in the air that you can breathe in every inhale. I promise you it’s not the crazy rants in the streets, the smell of pipes and construction, or the cart hot dog (that I still have yet to try). There’s a power in the air that makes you believe that you are something. Because you really are something. 

There’s a certain music to the way everyone walks with purpose… it’s like everyone’s dream is on the next block. We’re walking so fast and talking on our phones but we’re missing the skyscrapers and what got us here. But I’m not ready to miss it yet. I’m stopping on the street and pissing everyone off behind me as I look up and smile with gratitude.

Because this city is something special. 

There’s a certain vibe in the way the city moves with its lights and its traffic and its everlasting success on high rises. There’s a vibe that exists that makes you want to succeed on the ground floor because you know you can get to the penthouse.

There’s a certain taste in the bottom of the cocktail that I spent my paycheck on. It’s a sweet reminder of how far you’ve come and how little you’ll have when the bill comes. It’s like a temptress winking at you because you know you want more. But you’ll always order another one because what is life when you stop at just one.

There’s a certain life, yes a certain life that exists in the skin and the bones that inhabit the streets and the homes. There’s a certain soul that breeds on the streets and makes these dreams a real thing. There’s a life that takes hold of buildings and makes them turn the lights on. It’s these lives that make the city sparkle all night long.

I thought I would sit here and tell you that I miss my old life. I am shocked that I’m not scared, that I’m not afraid, and that I’m not sick of being pushed on the streets.

It’s because there’s something positively magical about this city.

And it’s not because I’ve fallen in love with someone in a suit or a beanie (although I hope one day I do). I’ve fallen in love with the way the hopeful breath falls like wind over a rooftop. It breathes life into every quick-paced passerby and every ambition-filled human. There is hope here. There is a different type of living here.

It’s been twenty something days as a twenty-something woman in New York City and I can’t help but feel like I am falling in love. I’m loving the hustle, the desire to do more, the views on every corner, the desperation to find the best version of yourself, and the everlasting need to keep going.

It’s been twenty something days and I can’t wait to lose track of twenty thousand more. I’m not daydreaming any longer. I am here – I made it, and I only hope that others can experience this same type of joy from being so uncomfortably comfortable in a place like New York.

I’m telling you, there’s just something about this city that makes you feel like it’s been longing for you.


Originally published on The Huffington Post
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  • Reply Michelle June 14, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Welcome to New York 🙂 If you’d like to grab a drink with a somewhat familiar stranger sometime, let me know!

    • Reply Sonya Matejko June 14, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      What a fabulous idea! Let’s definitely do that some time soon 🙂

  • Reply Paul Christsen June 15, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Guess who has also been smitten by NY? – Me – I went there last month on a teachers world conference / writers conference for my work and met someone and as soon as I have the money etc I’m moving there to marry a lady I met.Ive already spent a month there and love the ppl and place in general.

    • Reply Sonya Matejko June 16, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Paul! Great to hear from you! That news couldn’t make me happier. Many congrats to you and best of luck. Fate really has its ways 🙂

  • Reply Sopurkha June 16, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    These words are not only beautifully crafted, they pack a quirky pleasure—knowing that you’re co-creating with THE city is oh-so-fun! Cheers to your comfortable discomfort and your infusion of magic…may you find the suit of your dreams.

    • Reply Sonya Matejko July 7, 2016 at 10:34 am

      So late in responding to this! Your words are always so sweet. Thank you as always Sopurkha. I hope you’re doing well in Miami 🙂

  • Reply Kendel June 27, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    You just described how I feel about my current city. I think it is absolutely beautiful and magical. I looooove it. I’m hoping to get to New York one day too 🙂

    • Reply Sonya Matejko July 7, 2016 at 10:35 am

      Isn’t it wonderful to feel that way about the place you get to call home? It really makes waking up every day that much more exciting. Happy you’re experiencing it too and I hope you get to visit NYC one day as well 🙂

  • Reply Single Guy in NYC July 5, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Like Carlin said, “When you’re born into this world, you’re given a ticket to the freak show. If you’re born in America you get a front row seat.” It makes sense that a city native would think of that.

    • Reply Sonya Matejko July 7, 2016 at 10:39 am

      George was a smart man! I’m enjoying the front row seat.

  • Reply Becky August 9, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Absolutely loved this piece, as it sums up so perfectly all that I felt for the city when I first arrived — and for the many years I lived there. It’s amazing how the city lends you its power and lifts your ambitions to the heights of its skyscrapers. Bravo on your drive to make it in the greatest city on Earth.

    • Reply Sonya Matejko August 10, 2016 at 8:30 am

      Thank you so much Becky! I’m thrilled to hear you can relate 🙂 and I totally agree that it truly is the greatest city on Earth.

  • Reply Rashmi February 4, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    What you have written is so beautiful and words actually speak the magic of NYC . I have never been to nyc but i daydream about it all the time and this city is actually what my heart wants. I hope that one day i will get the chance to come to the city that never sleeps . Please do keep writing. I would love to read more about the life in nyc.

    • Reply Sonya Matejko February 6, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      Thank you so much Rashmi! As you might have noticed, the blog hasn’t been updated in a little bit. I’m realigning my strategy but hope to share new content soon. Your comment helps make me want to make moves faster though 🙂 and I truly appreciate it!!

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