This week's RTW topic over at YA Highway is "Inspiring Settings." The question is, what is the most inspiring setting you've ever visited in real life?
Well, it's not hard to figure out my answer. I blog about this place all the time, and it's probably the most inspirational place a lot of people have been. It's the location of a million movies and popular TV shows, it's home to some of our country's most famous landmarks and celebrities, and it's one of the oldest cities in the US.
Yep, I'm talking about New York.
I didn't always live in New York. I'm originally from the south. But I remember the first time I laid eyes on the city. I was on an escalator coming up from Penn Station at night. The sky was dark, and my agent was escorting Mom and I to our hotel. It was the first time we'd ever stayed in the city, and it was only a 1 day pit stop on the way to Ithaca.
But as that escalator went up, the lights appeared. We could see the Empire State Building, the twinkle of Time Square a few blocks away, and all the people. It was absolutely breath taking.
Now, I hate Time Square. At least, I do now, but back then it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.
The next morning as I sat in a cab staring out the window and watching all the people walk by, I knew without a doubt I wanted to live in New York. And two years later, I do. And I absolutely love it. Why? Because there is constantly inspiration. Manhattan is a small island, but there are dozens of little neighborhoods, each with their own unique feel, offering a new point of view on this city. Whether I'm walking around the East Village or listening to people speak Spanish in Washington Heights, I'm constantly finding new inspiration here.
I don't just visit the inspirational setting. I live it.