Yes, I said it. Taking a break from NYC is the best thing you could possibly do as a New Yorker. It’s crazy how I hadn’t realized this until last weekend when my boyfriend and I decided to go to Lake George, NY to celebrate our one year anniversary (yay!). What brought this realization about? Well, if you live or have lived in the Big Apple before, you must be familiar with the craze and intensity surrounding NYC’s ‘work hard, play hard’ culture. As a positive, this environment keeps you moving, hustling, and forever striving to achieve whatever it is you've set yourself to accomplish. On the flipside, NYC’s overly competitive nature and non-stop pace can leave you feeling burnout, exhausted, and depleted (and I speak from experience).
At this point, I believe you can tell I have somewhat of a love-hate relationship with this city. But what do you do when things get out of
hand balance and you lose perspective of the bigger picture? How do you move past focusing on all the negativity besieging this city and readjust your focus to remain optimistic, without losing sight of all the great opportunities NYC, or the cosmopolitan city in which you live in, has to offer? Well, before acting out of impulse and doing something you will potentially regret (think Britney in '07), you need to take a step back and give yourself a reasonable amount of time to unwind, detoxify, decompress, and to process things. And what better way to do this than by planning a brief getaway in a nearby destination! Or better yet, you could even splurge a bit and take that vacation you’ve been dying to put in the books! The point is, you need to let the waters settle and give yourself some time to reset, in order to regain your center and be able to look at things from a different stance. Goosfraba.
In all honesty, my favorite part about this getaway was coming to this realization. I guess it all started when Terry asked me to flow with the weekend and to not rush ourselves during our stay. Oh, and how I took this to heart, to the point where we stayed all day Saturday in our hotel bed, wearing our Hot Sox Dutch Bunny and Composition Marble socks and watching old James Bond movies. I may have looked at my phone twice during our trip, but that was it. For the rest, we took a steamboat tour of Lake George on the Minne-Ha-Ha, we spent around 3 to 4 hours being silly and playing at the arcade, and we munched on our favorite childhood treats like nobody’s business (think Rock Pops, candy cigarettes, and super buttery popcorn). Yas.
Rejuvenated, refreshed, and refocused. If you were to ask me what three words would best describe how I've felt after this trip, these would be it. I can't stress enough how necessary it is to take periodic breaks from big cosmopolitan cities, especially from one like NYC. The parties, events, and amazing opportunities will always be there, this is, in fact, the city that never sleeps. Needless to say, your health, well-being, and overall stability should be the top priority on your to-do list. Don't ever forget this.