I always loved coming to New York for quick trips and I always wondered what it would be to live in a city like this one. When I finally got to move and live in the Big Apple, I found out what that would be like and let me tell you it was more than I had ever imagined! I had just turned 3-0 when I made the move here to New York City. I had left behind everything I had known growing up, family, (except for sis who had moved to New York), friends and a life that I thought was about to begin. I came with a broken heart and a mind that was lost and hazy. I felt so lost and broken, with no direction and nowhere to turn for guidance other than my personal prayers. Despite being so lost, deep down I could feel a slight hope of a new beginning. As I began to get my footing in this city and find my direction in life (and direction in this city, which is quite easy once you are familiar with its grid method) I began to have clarity in my mind and in my heart. I found a job that had me commuting to Soho every morning, and despite the times (specially in the humid summer months) feeling like a sardine in the subways car with no personal room whatsoever, I loved the feeling of walking out of our place and immediately having that sense of being someone in the world and having a direction in my life, at this point that direction was Soho on the #1 train, but regardless, I had a direction and a purpose. I enjoyed watching people as I rode the train and admired their personality or their outfit. Sometimes there were little things that would make me laugh along the way, from little kids walking into the subway like they own the world, to older couples still holding hands and looking at each other like it was the first time they had met. As time went by I started forming friendships with people I would have never had the chance to have met if it wasn’t for me moving to New York. Those people soon became my best friends, my family, and they slowly began to help heal those wounds I had in my heart. I don’t know if they will ever really know the extent of how much to which they helped me with their friendship. Before I knew it, I was a part of what we call our selves now: The Squad! We have created memories to last a lifetime and continue to do so. We would take a day here and there to just run around the city exploring new places and doing things that we will forever remember. Now it has been 3 years since I made that moved and I can confidently say it was the best move I could have ever done. It has helped me grow as a person, it has helped my heart to heal in more ways than I can even begin to express and it has brought me to meet wonderful people who now I can’t imagine not having in my life. So yes, there is something about this city that makes it special. A vibe that makes you feel alive and full of excitement! From walking out of your home (most likely a room that you share with a roommate and a few other girls) and immediately being surrounded by a sea of people who you have never met and perhaps never will, to being able to get lost inside of Central Park where it feels like you are in a whole different world full of history and stories from all over the world. That freedom that you get from stepping out into that world as your self but knowing that you are not alone.