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It’s Up to You

Well, as you are reading this, I ‘m in NYC at RWA Nationals. I’m assuming if you are reading this, you aren’t there because if you are, why are you messing around on the computer….there’s so much to see and do! Put down the smartphone and go mingle at the bar or walk down the Manhattan streets, drinking coffee and snarling at people like you (tourists). LOL (Just kidding. Not all New Yorkers snarl)

If you are at home in your PJs or in your old ratty t-shirt and shorts, that’s cool. Because you don’t have to be in NYC to have a NYC attitude. (Like I know after three days, right?) But the New Yorker spirit is something I’ve heard about all my life. It’s in songs, movies, anthems, articles and very evident after 911. You don’t mess with New Yorkers or they’ll mess with you.

But where does that determination come from? Well, as the open arms to the world since the very beginning, the port city has been the gateway to our country, welcoming thousands of immigrants with spirit, verve and the determination to “make it” in this brave new world of America. Many of those people didn’t make it out West. They stayed and populated the nooks and crannies of an ever-growing, vital city. (You liking this history lesson so far?) These people weren’t meek or mild; they were enterprunerial, determined people who had the moxy to leave their fields and bergs in the first place, travel for weeks across a vast ocean, armed only with what little they had and a dream for a new future. These people were risk takers and adventurers. Our country is filled with these people – a melting pot of not just culture but determination.

So you’re asking, what’s this have to do with me?

Well, baby, you’re descended from these people. You were born to take risks, stand firm, and make your dreams come true. It’s not easy. Pursuing a dream is hard. Like the people who funneled through Ellis Island long ago, nothing is certain and there is bound to be a few dips in the road, but you can do it.

As the famous song says, “It’s Up to You, New York, New York!”

Now, I’m going shopping….


4 Responses

  1. Hope yall have a GREAT time!!!

  2. Having a wonderful time. I’ve seen many of the ENALR bloggers, so that’s cool. Wish you were here 🙂

  3. Hope you’ve enjoyed yourself up there! Nice post.

  4. I tried really hard to blend in. 🙂 It wasn’t that difficult, actually. People always ask me what’s wrong when I’m charging along toward my destination (because I always have a destination). I think I had the NY scowl down pat before I ever set foot in the city! LOL

    It was great to meet everyone I ran into (or was shanghaied by 🙂 ). Hope to meet the rest someday!

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