BY MOLLY FOSTER - Staff Writer
A few weeks ago I was privileged with the opportunity to take a day trip to New York City to sightsee and to be immersed in its unique culture and customs. It was an experience worth a thousand words.
As the charter bus sped through the Holland Tunnel, the light at the end grew closer, making me feel as though I was in a portal to another hidden dimension. It being my first time visiting New York, the vast buildings that overlooked the lively city immediately overwhelmed me.
I remember stepping off the bus in Bryant Park and looking straight up in to the clear blue sky and struggling to see to the top of the Bank of America Tower. From that very moment, I’m not entirely sure why, but I was inspired.
I came to the realization that outside of this little City of Lebanon, the world has so much to offer. Everyone is given the opportunity to be as successful as they aspire to be, and New York City displays just that.
I found something in New York City. It wasn’t the food, the style or the souvenirs.
Rather, I found hope and innovation. I stumbled across diversity, and every corner held its own individual potential.
To me, the city held all the secrets to life. If you really have the opportunity to take it in, beneath all the commotion, there is an evident metaphor to the direct relationship between success and failure written all over New York City.
On the same street, there are homeless people lining buildings as the motivated and driven, in their work apparel, rush to their jobs or interviews. After all, success is not a one-way street.
We are all given the opportunity to outsmart even the toughest of obstacles and to achieve our deepest dreams. However, if we give in to false perceptions and negativity, we will falter, fail and symbolically be the homeless individual on the side of the street.
Being surrounded by such ambitious and successful people made me see the world through a different pair of eyes. My pessimistic mind was suddenly flooded with optimism.
The goals, which were hidden in the back of my mind, that once seemed too difficult to reach, instantly appeared obtainable.
If we live shadowed by the fear of failure, we will never rise to the occasion when it is presented to us. However, if we live with strength, perseverance and passion, anything is possible.
New York City may be considered a corrupted city to some, but to me, it is anything but that. It is the city of hopes, dreams and opportunities; it is a portal to those who desire to achieve the extraordinary.