Let me start by saying how strange New York City feels right now. Besides the obvious fact that half of the city is essentially out of commission with power, everyone is just kind of in this strange limbo. It’s really hard to describe. It’s like it completely doesn’t make sense.
We’re sleeping in friends’ and family members’ (uptown) apartments. We’re walking everywhere because the roads are super congested. We’re grocery shopping in stores that aren’t quite bare, but not quite fully stocked. We’re working, but in borrowed conference rooms or on the floors of Starbucks.
I know just how fortunate I am to have power in my apartment. I have a lot more “normal” right now than most in this city right now. I’m very, very, very thankful.
Everyone is definitely trying to move forward. Because, really, that’s what you just have to do. Nothing may be conventional right now, but we’re just having to to make it work.
We (some of the Levo team and I) have been talking recently a lot about “the universe” and its plan. (Have you read this book yet?) It’s hard to think that there is a reason for everything happening… and it’s even harder to not feel guilty even trying to figure out why. Cue semi-existential crisis.
In no way do I mean to take away from those who truly are suffering as a result of the hurricane, but I think there is plenty of positive we can find. So so so many people are working together to get the city back on its feet. Whether it’s police officers directing traffic because the stop lights aren’t working… or it’s the ConEd employees working tirelessly to get electricity back to residents and businesses…. or it’s the (free) charging stations that popped up around the city for those without power…. or it’s the friends setting up sleeping bags and air mattresses strewn across the floor of already crowded apartments… really…. the city has truly come together.
Suddenly, the strangers on the street feel like close neighbors. The chit chat between customers and employees is actually nice (for a change). Everyone is beyond flexible, ready to do whatever needs to be done (even if it means filming Office Hours from an employee apartment).
So while it doesn’t feel normal, it’s okay. Because we’re all in it together.
PS After I wrote this, I signed into Facebook… and saw that one of my coworkers wrote this on Facebook. It’s so true.
the energy is different.