Hello all! Happy Monday. I must say, that after last week's post, I got a bit inspired to turn this humdrum month of March around. I was really in quite the slump. We all have them from time to time! Anywho, I decided to make a very detailed list of all the things I wanted to accomplish last week. Some of the things were quite simple (drink water, eat), but I've come to realize that simpler things are less stressful to see on a to-do list than something more intense (make a video, find/create an original song). A very simple thing can be easily crossed or checked off, which then makes you feel like you are accomplishing something, which then gives you the motivation to accomplish the bigger things on your list. The point is, I actually got to check off every single thing! Which now leads me to the weekend. After a long couple of days doing so many productive things, I decided it was time to do my laundry. I got all my dirty clothes together, walked around the corner to drop everything off, but my laundry mat was closed! I heard afterward that they had some sort of fire. What was I to do?? Fortunately, I was presented with an opportunity to do my laundry outside of the city, all the way in long island, at a house, old fashioned style! I hadn't done laundry that way in such a long time. But, thanks to the magic of driving (not done by me of course), going to long island seemed like a good plan, so off I went!
Now, the day I went to Long Island just so happened to be a Friday night. Friday night has been systematically ingrained in most people's head as the day everyone gets's to finally relax after a long work week. Most people get involved in some sort of partying, dancing, drinking, or other festive activity. The thought of leaving the city did make me feel a bit, how do you call it? Lame? Back in the day, on Friday night, I'd already be about 3 shots in and doing something acrobatic on the bar. Now, I'm headed to Long Island to do laundry? How boring! This made me think about how most people equate bigger cities with so much glitz and glamor. A lot of the clubs in Manhattan usually get a "bridge and tunnel" crowd on the weekends. "Bridge and tunnel" is basically everyone not from the city, coming to the city to party in a fancier way. It's quite unheard of to LEAVE on the weekend (unless of course it's summertime and you're jetting off to the Hamptons...even MORE glitzy and glamory).
The first stop after leaving the city was to the mall! I felt so high school! As a young lass, going to the mall and movies was my version of the club. It was all we had back then. Since I was broke, it felt even more like old times because I couldn't buy a thing! Just a lot of window shopping. After the mall, I went to go eat at Friday's. Yet another nostalgic venture! I'm not sure if I was particularly famished that evening or what, but can I just say, yum?! In manhattan, I would never THINK of going to a Friday's. It's not even an option. There are so many other amazing choices. But on Long Island, it was Friday's or Olive Garden basically. After a quick 7/11 run, I got back to do laundry and watch some tv. Sister, Sister was on! I hadn't seen that show in ages! I don't have a tv at my apartment, so I forget what it's like to have one sometimes. It's awesome! (I really need to get a tv.)
You're probably all bored stiff by now listening to my super tame weekend, but there is a method to the madness as always. Being away from a big city made me realize a few things. Sometimes it's not where you are or what you're doing, it's the company you're with. Every once in a while, I'll be sitting in my apartment so alone and feeling like I need to be out doing something, for the simple fact that in NYC, there are so many things TO do! I MUST be doing SOMEthing right? In a smaller town, I could be at someone's house doing literally nothing all day long, but having the best time in the world. A lot of people look at places like NYC, Los Angelas, Miami, even America in general, as being location goals. Why is that? Sure, I get it, these places are awesome. But guess what, so is wherever you are right now! Home is truly where the heart is. I'll tell you something else, living the simple life actually made me miss my Detroit life just a little bit. It wasn't as glitzy or fancy every weekend. There wasn't as much to do particularly, but I always seemed to make my own sort of fun. It's the people who are in the place that makes a place so special. Being in a specific location shouldn't always be your only goal. You will probably end up disappointed.
I actually thoroughly enjoyed living the simple life. There isn't much pressure to be anything other than your true self. Often we can lose ourselves in bigger metropolis cities, and forget what life is really about. Perhaps I could stand to leave the city more often. Who knows, I may have to if my laundry place doesn't get it together! I'd also like to hear from some small town/small city/suburban people. What are your views on big city life?
P.s. This sounds SUPER old, but I even brought my yarn to do some crocheting...while waiting for my laundry... on Long Island. I might as well have been watching Murder She Wrote and soaking my feet in Epsom salt!
P.p.s. I'm surprised Friday's doesn't have any specials...on Friday! It only makes sense!
P.p.p.s. Fun fact about me; the very first alcoholic beverage I ordered when I turned 21 was a Long Island Iced Tea. I asked the bartender what the strongest drink was and that's what he recommended. My how times have changed.