My Big Adventure

September 26th, 2012

I’m leaving this for…


In October, I’m leaving behind my little house on the coast of South Carolina to try my wings in Manhattan for a few weeks. I’m going from a nest I know to a small studio apartment in the city. From everything I know to the unknown. From my familiar routine to subway routes. From running into friends and acquaintances most every day to being just another face in the crowd. From waking up to birds going crazy in the magnolia tree outside my bedroom window to sirens and horns and people talking faster than I can think. From knowing my place to being out of place. The closer I get, the more I wonder what I was thinking when I signed myself up for this. I don’t have any expectations really, only something driving me to make myself uncomfortable. And as I write this, that sounds either completely cracked or totally on track. Only time will tell.

11 Responses to “My Big Adventure”

  1. Diane says:

    Couldn’t it be totally cracked AND on track?! All I know is that I vote YES for this adventure. You say you don’t know what you were thinking when you signed yourself up for this. I wonder if that might be because you were not being led by thinking but by something deeper. And following that deeper something is way brave. YOU are way brave! And I think you are going to be seriously satisfied that you decided to take on the city, Nikki.

  2. libby says:

    You are my hero! What an adventure! Soak it up. Swim around in it. The joy and the anguish and the fear. All of it! I just had a mjor life adventure this summer and I don’t regret it. Not one single bit.

  3. Laura Atkins says:

    Now your’s time to learn how to hail a cab like the city girl you’ll be. It’s easy.

    Step to the curb and with a slight jut of your hip, raise your arm up and out. Oh, there’s a slight twist to your hand outward.

    (I wish I could just write something as pithy as “You just put your lips together and blow.”)

  4. Uma says:

    What a fantastic adventure! You’re going to fall in love with the city – October is gorgeous in Manhattan. The temperature is perfect, the smell of roasted nuts permeates the air, the green market is still in full swing…

    Two weeks from today I will be landing in India for the first time (first time traveling abroad, actually) and believe me, I have had many moments of questioning the sanity of doing this…but I don’t like the alternative of being safe and boring for the rest of my life.

  5. nikki says:

    Good luck…to both of us!

  6. nikki says:

    Thanks for the tutorial…I find hailing a cab fraught with tension!

  7. nikki says:

    Thanks, Libby…you give me hope!

  8. It’s nice to be anonymous and to try on a different life. I found I rather liked “disappearing” when I lived overseas. It was as if being invisible to others freed me. It made me such a keen observer of both my inner and outer landscapes.

    Do promise that you’ll post regularly and share the good, bad, and uncertain.

  9. nikki says:

    I will!

  10. Leslie says:

    There is a gallery in the Spanish Harlem area where you can see original Sorolla paintings. It also has weird hours-I missed it the first time I tried to see it. Oh and of course, the Frick is a jewel.
    I will be thinking of you!

  11. nikki says:

    Thanks so much!

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