As we hugged and said Goodbye to North Carolina, Washington DC was waiting for us to receive. Going through all the government monuments and historic places, it reminded me of most of the capitol cities such as Ontario in Canada, New Delhi in India and similar many places. Washington didn't grab my heart, neither I felt anything special about it. As a tourist went through places, museums and read lot of history about monuments, world war II events and aftermaths. Even when we are in school we do get connected with the class and the class teacher but here nothing was like that.
My next leg of the journey was towards the happening and never sleeping city - the big apple - New York. As the drive was going through, fantasies were haunting as well. I realized, its good to have fantasy because it keeps you chasing and craving - I like that and enjoy the thirst. Something that is there which is unfulfilled yet the hope is one day it will get fulfilled... !!!
New York, brings back many memories to me. My usual long weekend and weekday flying from Toronto to New York was always a pleasant one. Professional element always gave a different outlook while working in the financial sector and at the same time my pleasure trips gave me the feeling of landing in Mumbai (Bombay). The NY map, the stores, the city setups, the traffic and the rash drivers and 'I don't care' attitude brings that element of a metro city where everyone is there for a living and everyone is there with the movement.
As I see people, as I see the NYPD cops - it brings my old memories - a time where I used to fool around with the cops and taking pictures with them and making them feel good was a common knack.
Many such memories crackled into mind and it was a soothing feeling going back and coming slowly to the present. Life taught me many things - what I enjoyed then is not with me now and what I have now is something which is priceless. Why not I enjoy the present and leave the rest.
Living right in the heart of World Trade Center, reminds one about life and it's uncertainties. A lot to learn and adapt from the past. Be in the present, do what you like and don't just lose the thought by thinking and analyzing it because then it looses its charm and passion. If you love someone, go and express it. Do not worry what will happen or what someone will say or think. It's your thought and if you don't give that importance to it then who would?
Going around the city in the tour bus gave lot of flashback memories from Mumbai - certain shops, certain street setups, the park in the middle of the places all gave a homely feeling to me.
New York once was my city... now am more like a California girl!!!
Saying goodbye to NY was kind of giving me a sad feeling. I tried thinking hard what is it that I am leaving behind that I should feel sad? There is nothing... this city is yours if you are there and if you leave the city nothing is yours.
The journey continued to Buffalo city.....!!!
"Every hundred feet the world changes"