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Months ago I read an article in the New Yorker - I believe it was the New Yorker though really it could have been any New York publication - about this strange exodus of artists from New York. Specifically, I think it was a review or breakdown of this book called "Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York"
The piece effectively talked about this weird phenomenon where all of these writers, for one reason or another, decided to up and leave New York behind. The title of the book comes from a personal essay written by Joan Didion in 1967 called "Goodbye to all That" where she talks about her love of New York and the captivating ways it allures the artfully minded. But it also a sad tale of leaving this place once believed magical.
I don't know al the writers in the collection of essays. I'd say I probably don't even know one of them. But the summary of the book champions the idea that "each writer’s goodbye to New York is singular and universal, like New York itself."
It probably is. I know it feels that way for me. I grew up in NYC. Born and raised in the center of the planet. For the most part, it was a good time growing up, a good place to grow up. There were bad times, certainly, but nobody goes without those.
I always felt tied to New York. It has given me life and a place to live it. A place that it ultimately unlike most others. I fell in and out and in love all over again in New York. I had all of my big firsts in New York. I made many of my best friends in New York
Now my newest first is leaving my childhood home for a new future and new frontiers, on a new coast.
I don't know what I'm really looking for for the rest of my life. I know I'm 23 and have, basically, the whole world in front of me. I know there's a lot to do going forward.
I'm excited for it. I'm happy.
It's a new adventure in my life. So Hobey ho, let's go.
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@inplainsight thanks man, I appreciate that. @Maighdlins hahaha yeah, I remember you talking a bit about moving, and I feel you. I'm also 23, and only a year out of college. but I guess this is the best time to try and adventure. I don't want to be 43 and wondering about what ifs.
@VinMcCarthy for sure. Many of my family members say they wish they had done this. My father's parents moved all over the globe when they were younger
@MaighdlinS word. weirdly, when my mom first came to america (she's irish, dad too) she came to San Francisco. at 22. so there's a weird sort of almost-duality for me.
Sweet I lived in Ireland for 2 months
@VinMcCarthy it's hard, isn't it? There was mixture of fear and excitement for me. I knew it was the right choice, the best thing for my future (especially with a child). However, leaving all you know behind (especially with a child) is so scary at first. The mere idea of "California" was daunting! Today, though, I can look back and see how far I've come and how much better life is than when I began this journey. Too, like @LuffyNewman said, there are so many people I've met since moving that I can't imagine not having in my life. I know you'll be amazing!! I wish you the best of luck, my friend.