I am going to admit right now that I am a reality television junkie. One of my favorites? MTV’s The City.
I was watching the most recent episode and I get all pumped up when I watch the intro. I hear the Pussycat Dolls begin their song, “Gimme them bright lights, all night..” and I think back to the time in my life when I was in my early twenties, commuting to the city, attending graduate school and loving every minute of it.
I loved the city, the people, the energy, the rush.
Earning a degree from one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in the nation was one of the most memorable moments of my life. But, it’s not the degree itself that makes me feel this way. It’s the experience I had while attending Columbia University that made an impact.
When I watch The City and I see Whitney experiencing all of what New York has to offer, I see myself in her in so many ways. I was single, in my early twenties, ready to take on the world, right there in New York City. It was a rush that is hard to put into words. I felt a part of something bigger than myself. It was such an exciting and memorable time in my life.
The Pussycat Dolls say it best in that song, “Got my whole life here in front of me, I’m taking over when I hit the streets…” and that’s exactly how I felt, too. I had my whole life ahead of me and the world was at my fingertips in the city.
In these faces.
In their smiles, hugs, and unconditional love for me.