Andrew Whitlatch - Courtesy Laugh Network - March 29, 2011
Wait…what?!?!…Andy moved to New York? I had a train ticket, suitcase, and a few dollars in my pocket.The big apple was calling my name.As I waited for the bus I could feel my stomach churning in knots. I just left the people that raised me and helped me through school. Everything I have done in my life up until this point in time was under the direction and guidance of my parents.
Not to mention all the free meals, groceries, shelter, vacations, and I could go on and on. If you’re a parent reading this you’re probably still making a list.It’s a huge moment for a young person to realize that you are now in charge of your own life. It’s like getting hit with a sack of bricks and then trying to figure how to pay for the medical bill.
I am a 22 year old kid fresh out of college and my first decision as an adult is to pack up my things and move to one of the most expensive cities in the world with no job or money. I just traded my gravy train at home with free meals, gym membership, and a pool. For a room the size of a closet and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches three meals a day (I toast the bread on special occasions).
I will never forget my first morning waking up in New York City. I felt sick, like it was the morning of a big science test I didn’t study for. The snow I prayed for the night before not only didn’t fall but the sun shined so bright as if God was patronizing me. Panic, self-doubt, and a bowl of cheerios were the start to my morning. Four years of college and countless unpaid internships. Was this really the pay off? The graduation ceremony was over. The enthusiasm that I was going to change the world lasted about 30 seconds. I sat in my single room sublet in Chelsea and stared blankly at employment ads.
It might be a little early for reflection at this point in my journey but I’m inspired by people who put their relationships first even when it’s difficult or inconvenient. I moved to New York to be with the person I loved the most. I had no job, very little money, and a big naïve heart.
At the end of the day the family you come home to or your friends you meet at the bar are the single most important thing in your life. I’ve realized one fact about life since being on my own.Failure is a much bigger part of life than I grew up thinking as a kid. There is no secret to life and there is no finish line. Our journey, the moment we live right now is it.
Are you living the life you want or are you just waiting until tomorrow?