Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Eight Million Stories

New York City has a earned reputation for being a place that can challenge a person, a fact that is most beautifully captured by the in the old adage "if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere." Everyday, eight million people test their fortitude by overcoming obstacles that only this city can throw their way. Whether the challenge is as big as a skyscraper or simply making a rent payment with a little left over, overcoming these challenges can feel like pulling off a minor miracle.

On my trip to New York this past weekend, the city lived up to its well-deserved reputation.  As I waited in the airport on Sunday night, panic began to spread throughout the terminal as one flight after another was canceled.  Around 10 p.m., my 8 p.m. flight home was the grounded as well. 

Typically, this isn't a huge hurdle.  However, I lost my cell phone this weekend and had no way to communicate, so obviously, the cancellation put me in a serious bind.   

I was being forced to find a place to stay at the last minute without any way communicate.  Thankfully, I wasn't the only one facing this big apple-esque test on Sunday.  With the help of two other stranded travelers, I was able to find a room back in the city for the night. 

In a city of eight million stories, I am truly grateful to have shared this one with such perfect strangers. 

Thank you for sharing this New York moment.   

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