It’s no secret that Thought Catalog, the blog game Thought Catalog, is one of my daily must reads, which is why I was so excited to dig into this new post today called 15 Reasons Why People Move To New York City, for which the above picture (via Thought Catalog) of a Thought Cataloger taking a photo of another Thought Cataloger pulling his bike over and taking a photo of the city from a distance for his own personal thought catalog serves as the the most accurately chosen image header I’ve ever seen. Up until now I thought the only reason people moved to New York City was to generate thoughts to catalog, but apparently there is a lot more to it, 15 whole things worth in fact. Let’s take a look at a few of them, shall we?
1. We’re masochists. We doll ourselves up every night for a city that’s just going to end up giving us a black eye anyway. It’s our glamorous version of a bad boyfriend.
He’s not kidding. According to the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence “Police responded to 257,813 domestic violence incidents in 2011; this averages to over 700 incidents per day.” That’s a potential for 1,400 black eyes. We were asking for it though, so fair game, city.
2. We weren’t content living our life somewhere else. We saw what it would’ve been like if we stayed put and we got scared, real scared. (If you grew up in NYC, you probably still live here because the city has made you unfit for anywhere else. It’s as if New York peed all over you when you were born and marked its territory. The little bitch!)
Pretty sure they have Word Press and musings in all of the other cities, but I haven’t got the numbers handy, so maybe I’m off there.
3. We heard that New York is the one place you don’t ever have to grow up. 80-year-olds walk the street at 2 a.m. looking for a coffee shop, parents still go out and maintain some semblance of a life. The people who live here operate on the pleasure principle. They do what feels good and are wary of having to deal with any sort of compromise.
Haha, people living lives and doing things. Only in New York, right?
4. Because, as much as it pains to admit, some of us watched Sex and the City and became obsessed with the Hollywood version of the city. How else do you explain the current residents of Murray Hill?
Are you sure you’re not still living in the Hollywood version, because it sounds like you might be.
5. We’re impatient brats who want the best food in the world delivered to us at 4 a.m. and we don’t want to have to walk too far to get our morning coffee or anything else for that matter. Again, it’s that pleasure principle. GIVE ME WHAT I WANT AND GIVE IT TO ME NOW. It’s like we’re dealing with a city full of Scorpios!
We are an impatient sort, aren’t we? One good area to develop patience, I’ve found, is just before you hit the publish button on a blog post.
6. People are under the assumption that moving to New York will make them more interesting and give them the life experience necessary to be… I don’t know… the kind of individual everyone is jealous of? Although the backdrop of the city can enhance your experiences, it’s not a miracle worker. If your personality sucks, it’s not like New York can give you a good one through some magical metropolitan form of osmosis.
Yes, “people” are under that assumption. As for the last sentence, you probably didn’t even need to type that out. What’s the old writing adage? Show, don’t tell. You were doing a good job already.
7. We suffer from Fear Of Missing Out and by moving to New York, we’ve been able to force ourselves into being a part of the conversation. Now if we miss something fun, we have no one to blame but ourselves.
Twitter is where you go to be “part of the conversation”, New York is a city where people who hate you have to get to work in the morning.
8. We have aspirations of being the best in our field. We are hungry, hungry tigers with a serious work ethic. You don’t move to New York to do Nothing. It’s just too fucking expensive. Laying in bed for an entire day costs you like 60 dollars.
Now, when you’re young, is probably as good a time as any to realize that the vast majority of people don’t get what they want. You’ll want to get used to that concept.
9. We are a bunch of anxious malcontents who are prone to bouts of loneliness and we figured that we could wrap this city around us like a body pillow. We assumed that we could find people who are just like us, people who are desperate to make a human connection at 3 a.m. and then shake it off of them as soon as the sun came up.
If you’ll permit me a little of my own thought cataloging here, I used to be lonely when I was a young person because I didn’t think there was anyone else out there like me. Then I grew up and realized how many there actually were, and that made the loneliness so much worse.
10. We want to see faces that tell stories. We want to see passion on the streets, people screaming and crying, and pretend we’re annoyed by the noise but secretly love it, secretly feel like we’ve just been given a shot of adrenaline.
Weird because I want to read writers that tell stories. I want to see passion on the internet, writers writing and not-crying, and pretend I can deal with the all-consuming crush of irrelevance but secretly loathe it, secretly feel like I’ve just been given a shot of MFA ketamine.
11. We want to make the most of our youth. Treat it like it’s an orange and we’re sucking the pulp dry. Sticky fingers, messy hands, but damn it tasted good.
12. We’re feelings junkies. When we walk out of our door in the morning, we want our brain to be assaulted by a myriad of things. We’re not ready to feel balanced and healthy yet. Burning the candle at both ends still fills us with an intoxicating combo of joy and dread. We are like a strange mix of resilience and ultimate fragility.
Are you sure you’re talking about New Yorkers on the whole and not people who lead off every Spotify playlist with The xx songs? Who is this “we” you keep referring to?
13. We don’t want anyone to give us weird looks when we’re not married with kids at the age of 35.
What does that have to do with New York… I don’t… is this? What am I doing?
14. We are the type of people whose anxieties propel us forward. Anxiety is what forced us to move here, anxiety is what landed us our great job. We’re always moving closer and closer to where we want to be, even if it doesn’t always feel that way.
You know this is a blog you’re writing on, right? You don’t have to use the editorial we. You can just say “here are 15 things I thought about myself and wrote down” if that’s what you actually mean.
15. We are the most sensitive assholes. Ever. It’s annoying.
The only thing worse than being overly-self aware is being falsely-self aware. Last sentence there was pretty spot on though.