Eastern Standard Time
A few weeks ago I spent the weekend in DC and I fell in love; which I'm rather shocked about. Besides the loyalty that I feel toward my hometown of Chicago, I've never really been drawn to any other city aside from New York. For as long as I can remember I have dreamed of living in NYC. When it came time to apply for undergrad, I sent my application off to my dream school and I hoped to sweet baby Jesus that I would some how get in. I did. And about 8 months later I found myself crying as I said goodbye to my parents and sister and boarded a United flight with three huge suitcases. It only took a few weeks for me to realize that I had no idea what I had gotten myself into. This clearly wasn't going to the the chocolate girl version of Le Sex and the City. Instead, I called my mamma every night crying and plotting my way home and away from the University that I now call my alma mater. Miraculously, I stuck it out and five years later I'm still here (albeit in a much better neighborhood and state of mind). Though I've been considering alternative cities as I finish up my Master's degree in the coming months, I don't think I really was serious about any of them until I carried myself (and way too much clothing for two days) to DC. Have you ever felt like you just belonged somewhere, that you were completely at ease and free? There are so many exceptional people living in DC, you can feel the energy there its very young and up and coming. But its warm as well, men open doors, people use their manners. Its just easier, a bit slower, and a bit more sane. I guess I didn't realize how lonesome I was for the type of energy or maybe even more for the type of people that I was surrounded by that weekend. All I know is that though I'm head over heels in love with NYC, there is certainly some room in my heart for DC. For now I suppose DC is my infatuation because as the bus rolled down the NJ Turnpike and I watched the sun setting on the skyline as we approached the city, I remembered why I loved NYC in the first place. I've been in love with it ever since I've heard these words.