The best time to move to a city is when you’re young. Or at least, that’s what society seems to believe, because year after year, new graduates flood to cities to be closer to job opportunities, new experiences, and new people.
Cities can be very much alive ‑ they’re filled with bustling streets and bright lights that illuminate the sky like stars. Having an escape from all of the noise, the crowds, and the busy energy is important, though. Albert Einstein said, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” It’s important to find that space where you can take a step back and take in your surroundings, take a break from the people, and re-ground yourself.
That’s why cities have parks and trees and green spaces. So, my fellow twenty-something city dwellers, take time to find your own piece nature.
You may be thinking “the whole point of moving to a city was to be where the people are, where the buildings are tall and streets are crowded with cars and buses, so how the do I find nature in a man-made jungle?”
Like most things in life, you have to work for it, and make it work for you.
First, you need to figure out the setting that speaks to you. Do you find yourself needing to be near grass and flowers? Or yearning for the shade of a tall tree? Or is it the water that brings you a sense of calm? Most cities have many, if not all, of these options somewhere accessible. For example, NYC has Central Park, which has water running through it, lawns of grass, mulch, and flowers. Washington Square Park has a little bit of grass but many, tall trees, and Battery Park hugs the river from end to end.
Once you know how you like your nature and where it’s located, you need to make time to go there. Whether it’s an hour after work , during your lunch break, or for an afternoon on a Sunday, go there.
I think many of us take “break time” for granted. We’re itching to learn more, grow more, earn more, and get ahead, that we forget that the time we spend reflecting helps us more than constantly racing towards something. We need to be able to break things down, process them, and digest the information or experiences, and recharge. We cannot run constantly without a break, otherwise we will lose touch with what we’re really aiming for, and miss out on the journey that we take to get there, which is the whole point. Life isn’t an end-goal; it’s an ever-evolving adventure.