Aldous Huxley once said that, “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” Similarly, Samuel Johnson proclaimed that, “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are.”
So I took the plunge, booked my tickets to explore one of the most culturally rich places in this world (or so they say). The big apple, the centre of the universe – New York, New York.
As I packed my bags for a month away, I thought about all the times I have seen this amazing place in literature, on television and in the news. The suggestion that in just 20 hours I would physically be there seems completely surreal.
Despite my preconceived ideals that I already have about New York, in my opinion it is not a place that you can pigeon hole. Despite my deepest imaginations, I have a feeling the the creativity and passion thriving within this city is going to legitimately knock me off my feet and I can’t wait.
My hopes for this trip to New York is to be able to completely expand my professional profile as a Journalist and creative. While, I am adamant this is the profession I wish to pursue, to date I haven’t had a professional experience that has pushed me to be better, do better and ensure my work is not static – something that makes me strive for the peak of success.
I’m still not sure what to expect from New York or even what I’m going to learn or how it may even expand my outlook as a creative practitioner.
But if one thing is for sure, this trip will give me the opportunity to tell beautiful stories and if it also helps me do it just that little bit better then in my opinion it has been successful.
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta.