After living in NYC for almost 3 years, my time has come to an end. I started this blog talking about how bored I was of Miami and needed a challenge in my life. And boy, did I get that. I'm going to start off by saying I do not regret living there one bit. I'm very thankful it happened. Would I do this again? Nope.
I suffered a lot in NYC. All because I had a specific lifestyle I wanted to live, and I found this out by going through these obstacles. As everyone knows, NYC is a monster within itself. It is difficult. I thought I could prove it wrong with working hard. There are a lot of things that I didn't know and now I know by my own experiences.
I came here to get better. To get rid of my fears. To become stronger. And I feel I got what I wanted with my career and personal goals. I have a wider perspective on life and came out with new goals. In terms of my career, I got exactly what I wanted. I got to work at my dream studio and got to work with many different types of people. I started off working with a small amount of people and grew to experience a diverse group of coworkers. I've met some of the shittiest and sweetest people ever.
NYC is such a high contrast. You either love it or hate it. It's either freezing or like a sauna. You encounter very rich people, to people who work so hard and don't get paid much. More than one paycheck went into my rent. After living with roommates, I realized I have to live alone or with people that I love. I can't deny that I'm a homebody and my home is very important to me because as an introvert, this is where I recharge. I did not sleep in those 3 years I lived there. It is the city that never sleeps. If I don't get 8 hours of sleep, I do not function.
My ultimate dream was to live a few years in NY and then move to Europe. But this whole terrorism thing going on changed everything. That's when I felt I needed to come home. It made me realize how important my family is to me. They have worked so hard to help me succeed and I couldn't continue seeing them grow old without my help. I couldn't have done this without their support.
I was homesick. I wanted to get a dog but I lived too far away. I couldn't go out with people because I lived too far away. It was all I can afford on my own. I missed the sunshine. I missed my people. Being back home, I've never felt so much happier. I hugged my washing machine. I hugged Publix. Miami has changed since I left. I was so focused on my career after graduating, that now I can focus on the people I love and care about. Graphic Design can chill out.
I didn't expect to come home this early, but I found an opportunity here in Miami that I couldn't pass. I'm excited for this new chapter that I will confront with new knowledge and perspective, thanks to NYC.