Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Amsterdam & New York:

I often wonder what it is–if anything–that I'm missing by not being in the United States of America with my fellow similar-aged friends, prancing around Manhattan. And what–if anything–they have developed by doing so, that I have not. Are they more in-step with what's happening in the cultural worlds of fashion, art, and design? I'm not sure and my intuitive reaction says: 'No'. Besides, these days the world's information is readily communicated across distances, space, and time in ways that seem to make the world shrink–our world is more connected than ever. But what am I missing–if anything–that would add to the development and layers of my personality by being surrounded by others who have never known the experience of having a royal family play a role in their state? I'm convinced that Europe has shaped and remolded who I am, where I'm going, and what it is I'm setting out to do in the world. And at the end of all my pondering, I'm convinced that many aspects of my life would be different should I have never moved to Amsterdam. Sometimes I miss the hustle and bustle of America, but most always, I do not.