The first time I visited my friend Angela at her home in New York City, I asked her what she liked best about living in the city that never sleeps.
She didn’t hesitate. “Its acceptance of everyone,” she said. “It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from, who you worship, who you love: New York has a place for you. No idea is too strange, no dream too outlandish. New York is always going to be the place that welcomes you to take your best shot.”
Maybe that’s why I’ve always enjoyed my trips here. Excitement and potential pulse along every street. A spring visit – when nature stubbornly reasserts itself in every crack and crevice of the concrete jungle – seems especially full of promise. New Yorkers are out and about, filling up every sidewalk table, bustling home with bouquets of tulips from the green grocer, finding parks where their children can run free after a long winter of apartment discontent.
This visit, I’ve felt particularly inspired by New York’s “anything is possible” spirit. On the cusp of a major career decision, my ideas for new initiatives seem to flow more freely here than they did at home, to have more potential. I wonder how many other people have heard New York whispering, “Go ahead. Give it a try. What have you got to lose?”