It’s funny — why is it that it take you leaving a place, for you to truly make the most of the time you have?
That’s how it is with a lot of things, right? We don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone?
If you haven’t heard, my fiancé and I are relocating to Ohio! That’s right! We’re moving out of NYC, and back to around where I grew up, only twenty minutes from my family! (And believe it or not, the move was HIS idea!)
But it’s really something…now that we have an “end date” — we’ve realized that our time in NYC is limited, and we only have so much time left. Only so many weekends Only a certain number of opportunities to get together with our friends, and do all the things that we’ve been wanting to do, but haven’t gotten around to.
Case in point: my mom is coming to visit next week, and we’re going to shop for her Mother of the Bride dress, but really — it’s to go to all the delicious restaurants we’ve always wanted to try. (And if you want a list of my favorite “locals only” restaurants in NYC, you can check this blog post out!)
But I’ll tell you what: Steven and I have not had a moment of downtown since we’ve announced that we’re moving at the end of the year.
Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday…really every single day — we’re booked solid from now until then.
We’re making plans to visit all the “touristy things” we have always overlooked because…”New Yorkers don’t go to Times Square for fun…”
We’re cherishing time with time with friends, and really making sure that we spend quality time with the people we love.
We’re reaching out to people we haven’t seen in a while. We’re planning ahead, and not leaving things “to chance,” or a “spur of the moment,” – play it by ear kind of night.
We’re really being … intentional.
Which — honestly, that word makes me cringe. Mainly because I dated a guy back in the day who really wanted to make it known that he was being “intentional” in courting me. Which — I know, is really sweet…but please…show me, don’t tell me…..
But enough about that…
I know it’s a cringy word, but we really are being intentional with our free time, making sure to make the most of the time we have left in New York.
But I’ve gotta tell ya – there’s part of me that is feeling really disheartened, wishing that I would have lived like this the entire time I’ve been here.
Why is it that it takes leaving, to really seize every moment, and live intentionally? Why is having a limit on our time here the reason why we’re finally doing all the things we’ve always wanted to do or try?
It makes me want to live like this indefinitely. Spending time — and cherishing it — with friends and loved ones, trying new things, catching the sunsets, appreciating the things around us, and really “sucking the nectar” out of life.
I’m sharing this, because I wish I had started doing this sooner. You don’t have to have this “moving date guillotine” over your head, to not take our time for granted. Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned first hand over the last decade of my life: we’re not promised tomorrow.
Every. Single. Day is a gift, and cherishing time with friends and loved ones is an important thing to do, no matter what season of life you’re in. Because people matter, and life is uncertain.
I hope this isn’t taking a morbid turn, that is truly not my intention here.
But I only hope to urge you to start living in a way that doesn’t take time for granted. To implore you to….live intentionally….there, I said it.
So with that, I am signing off for the evening, as Steven, his cousins and I are going to to a fun event in Soho tonight! I’ll post photos/vidoes on my Instagram (@beauty.beyond.bones) if you want to “virtually join me!”
Have a wonderful night, friends. And I hope you have an … intentional weekend 🙂
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