Prompt: Wisdom. What was the wisest decision you made this year, and how did it play out?
(Author: Susannah Conway — Unravelling — @photobird)
Going to New York City for a conference. I didn’t have the money and I wasn’t sure how I was going to go. I didn’t want to miss it, so I broke down and asked my parents for money for the plane ticket for Christmas. They agreed and the first huge hurdle was covered. I had reserved a room for the conference ($189 in Times Square?) and had to tell my roommates they needed to find another person to take my spot. I wasn’t sure where i was going to stay, but I knew it would work out. A friend was staying in a room by himself and told me I could stay with him.
I had come early and intended to leave late so I needed some more accommodations, but I figured they’d fall into place. Right before I left (at the airport, actually), I found out that even though I switched my CTA card to a pay-per-use rather than the monthly use I normally used (to save on money), the CTA took the money for the monthly pass anyway. That put me down about $90 and they couldn’t refund it for days. That was definitely scary, but I was going. Things would work out.
I didn’t really stay anywhere for the first night … I stayed up with a friend in Times Square until about 4 a.m. I didn’t want to spend money staying somewhere, but I thought I’d get a hostel. Or not. They were all sold out. As in, all of them were all sold out. So, I roamed around for a few hours and got a hold of a friend who was helping host the conference. I ended up going to Spanish Harlem to take a nap in his car for awhile. That was a good thing — I needed a little snooze.
My friend, Chris, called me at some point and he and his friend were in the city and my week began. I just fell in love with NYC from the first. I did a lot of walking and a lot of seeing and a lot of falling for New York on a very limited budget. But, I always knew I’d love NYC and that I did.
I miss it … I want to go back. I’m not sure how that’ll pan out, but I’m really glad I went.