With spring almost here, it’s time to explore our cities and ourselves with the same terrified wonder we felt upon first hitting the pavement. New things are happening all around us — small and large, day and night — but it often feels like we just stay the same. Once we find the opinions we trust, the places we like and the habits that work, we rarely deviate from them. Whether that means tirelessly chasing the latest trends or defiantly sticking to the ones we know, our realities become fixed. Many times, we forget the dreams that brought us here in the first place. The whole reason we moved to cities was to never let that happen. However big your metropolis may be, it’s a dynamic one by nature. Thousands, if not millions, of different people coming together for the great urban experiment can only result in possibilities. Yet just being part of the action doesn’t mean you’re controlling it. Forget the fate you’ve resigned yourself to. Forget what the media tells you are the “right” ways to do things or the “best” places to go. Remember who your city inspired you to become and find a way to make that person real.
As I approach four years in New York, I’ve realized it’s time to take that advice to heart. While I have few regrets about my time here, I also know that it hasn’t led where I’d planned. I’ve been out of college almost as long as I was ever in it — and learned as much if not more — though this time, there won’t be a diploma at the end. There are plenty of years left to get where I want to be, but they’ll hold their own challenges and pass by even more quickly. It’s time to get back on track. Since parting ways with the restaurant industry last month, I’ve already taken a few steps in the right direction. I’m back in the catering world after five years, where I get to go new places and meet different people every day. My friend, Seth, and I have started a moving business with his mini-van, which provides a whole other level of variety. I’m spending less, reading more, eating healthier and exercising every day. Katie and I have so much time together now, that in addition to ongoing wedding preparations, we’re even cleaning and organizing our entire apartment from top to bottom. These steps are just the beginning, though. Of course, my plan wouldn’t be complete without a renewed focus on Realcity as well.
The New Issue marks the site’s tenth and largest collection yet. Over the next three weeks, we’ll begin the transformation into a true online magazine. In addition to brand-new installments of The New Feminism, Success and Unsolicited Advice, you’ll see the debut of Failures and Strategies, along with the welcome return of Experiences and our unique style of media analysis. Our team of writers is at full force, sharing stories from New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston and beyond. We’ve been working with them for weeks to explore developments in their own city narratives. Hearing how much contributors new and old, from all over the country, connect with the idea that there’s more to our lives than the constant cycle of struggle has spurred us on even harder. Realcity has only just begun to realize its full potential and we’re excited to show you what comes next.
Starting fresh is never easy, but we’ve all done it before. We came to these cities with big plans — some that may have changed, but none which should be forgotten. You’ve already proven yourself by surviving the chaos this long. Now it’s time to break the cycle and do whatever it takes to realize the full potential of your journey through city life. The weather is thawing, the streets are waiting and you’ll never know if you don’t try.