Take a walk with me…

Anyone who knows me knows that New York runs through my veins…There is so much to do and so much to see…

I love watching the ships pass underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. I love the quiet serenity of Central Park and the lush green of Prospect Park. I love watching the sun set over the East River… I love the tangible electricity that floats in the air as hundreds of thousands of people pass through Times Square….I love seeking out artisans, teachers,musicians, poets…I love the melting pot of food, people, languages…I love New York through the seasons, the leaves a vibrant rainbow of colors…

Time stops as I look up at the ceiling of Grand Central station and time is captured as I wander the halls of the Metropolitan Museum…Memories of horseback riding and apple cider donuts on beautiful upstate farms permeate my thoughts as I smell cinnamon churros sold by vendors…

I think of the people of New York -so diverse and passionate. Mayor Koch once said that “New York is where the future comes to audition”, indeed it is the place that people come to follow their dreams, in the place of my dreams, in the place that is emblazoned in my memory and my heart.

 

Don’t be afraid to show people who you are…

“Don’t be afraid to show people who you are…” -those were the words of my high school homeroom teacher. She gave each graduating senior a piece of personalized advice and those were her words to me. I’ve thought of those words a lot over the past couple of years… those are the words that are the impetus for starting this blog.

Growing up, I was a very shy person but I had a very imaginative internal world. I was lucky enough to go to schools that nurtured my creativity and I am thankful for the teachers who pushed me to write my thoughts down and helped me refine my communications skills. Everyone has a preferred medium for communication and the written word is mine. I feel it is the way I can best express what I want to say and it gives me both ownership and authorship. It also gives me the opportunity to really flesh out what I am thinking.

I really appreciate having this platform to express my views and hope that this will spur on off-line conversations as well because I love talking to people one-on-one or in small groups. There is something to be said about being present and being in someone’s presence, looking into their eyes, listening and being heard.

I see life  as a string of moments and memories and I hope to capture them here…

-Char