Last November I visited New York for the first time in my life and I was a woman on a mission. I wanted to experience being a mature woman on her own who was confident enough to go to a bar by herself order a drink and not feel intimidated. I also wanted to be able to do this without being self-conscious or be someone who had to be playing with her mobile phone for security.
Did I do it? YES! I didn’t have a choice really. This is what happened: I landed after the very long trip via Hong Kong (which adds more hours on), and when I finally arrived in New York and I went straight to my hotel www.yotel.com (I highly recommend this place…so trendy).
Now picture this: I had flown over to New York because my business was nominated for an award. I arrived at my hotel around 11.45 pm. On the way via to NY I had stopped in Hong Kong and had dinner with my brother who is an international airline pilot and flies to Hong Kong frequently. I boarded my plane for NY and he boarded his plane to fly it back to Sydney. As I enter my room filled with excitement, happiness, achievement and elation I look at the window and soak in the fact I’m in the one city I always wanted to be in.
It’s my brother who I had seen a number of hours earlier in Hong Kong. He says, “Mum has had a massive stroke it’s really bad”…..
I sit down in disbelief. Total disbelief. This can’t be happening, this can’t be true.
By now it is midnight. After my phone call I decide I can’t sleep, I can’t think, I want to scream and I’ve already cried. There is only one thing to do. Go out by myself and go get a drink in a bar.
I did it! I did it without feeling self-conscious, I chatted to a local and for 30 minutes and shared my story.
Today, mum has had another stroke and we battle on. As I close this year off I think back and really have to admit it’s been a hard one, yet I type this smiling.
I’ve had more experiences to add to my already very unusual and eventful life, and one of them is….I can go to any bar in any city by myself and have a drink and just watch the people go by….and of course chat to those that come up to me. 😉
I wish all my readers a Happy Christmas and a fantastic 2013….. I look forward to the coming year with great anticipation and I have a goal…..I’m going back to NYC!
I have one tip: Get out of your comfort zone it does wonders for your life.