My entire life prior to August of 2011 was spent living in the suburbs. I relished the days of running down the sidewalks and cul-de-sacs until the street lamps flickered to life and I would run back to my family’s little section of suburban paradise. I remember the backyards pressed up against one another and hearing the dogs of the neighborhood plaintively bark at night. I never really had too much of a problem with it like many of my friends did. I enjoyed the sense of community that we experienced in several of the neighborhoods and the plentiful neighbors at similar ages to me who were always willing playmates.
When the time came, I was a bit nervous to make the transition to big city living. It was certainly what I wanted but I wasn’t sure how I would actually feel once I got up here. I was very used to having at least some access to a good deal of nature throughout my life and I knew being in the city would change that. I was happy to find that I found an appreciation for city life in a way I never expected to. It’s amazing to think about how cities have developed into the sprawling expanses that they are today; ever growing up and out. The businesses, homes, and shared spaces come together in one, cohesive entity. I think part of the reason that I appreciate living in the city is just how alive it truly feels. It’s kind of like walking through a forest. You feel the trees, other plants, and animals sort of breathe. You can feel the energy. It is absolutely the same way with being in the city. You can feel how all of the parts of the city have an energy that is unique to this city and this one alone.
One of my friends who goes to school in Washington D.C. told me over break about a game him and his roommate play that he encouraged me to try. It’s very easy. All one has to do is start walking and whenever you reach an intersection you cross the street in whichever direction the walk symbol is illuminated. It’s a great way to explore the city and see things and neighborhoods you might never have seen otherwise. Just grab a buddy and hit the pavement. I did this this past weekend with my two friends and we had a grand time just looking at the buildings of the Lakeview and Wrigleyville area. It really makes you feel connected to the neighborhood and the city itself.
Tyler’s Hot Track of the Week:
For those of you who don’t listen to The Flaming Lips, do it! Their live show will actually change your life. Here’s one of my favorite songs of theirs from my favorite of their albums. Enjoy these rich tones!