Moving to the big city is exciting, but it’s not for the faint-hearted.
At some point, we make the journey to the big city to build a life for ourselves. When you’re fresh out of high school, this journey is incredible as you experience a new place and a vibrant culture.
On the flip side, the big move requires you to grow a thick skin and maintain sight of your goals.
Here are 25 things you’ll learn about big city life by 25:
The big city is an exciting yet daunting place to live
You’ll hug a tree every time you see one because they are rare in the city
Boredom is a thing of the past as there’s always an event to go to or cool places to visit
When you’re new, big city folk aren’t the friendliest people around
Materialistic and pretentious people are everywhere, and you’ll learn how to spot them from a mile away
You’ll meet people and make new friends in places where you spend most of your time, such as at work, a sports club or church, or you’ll meet someone through a mutual friend or acquaintance
You’ll value coffee shops as they are great for connecting with friends
You’ll probably live in a one bedroom apartment or a cottage, which will probably cost you an arm and a leg
You’ll probably have to make use of public transport before being able to buy your own car
You’ll weep for a car as soon as you’re sandwiched in a taxi on a hot summer’s day
Peak hour traffic will become the unavoidable bane of your existence
You’ll learn how to drive like a formula one driver, and you’ll honk and shout at anyone who makes silly mistakes on the road
You’ll make silly mistakes on the road, and you’ll be given dozens of zap signs and honks
You’ll be exposed to “swag”, and you’ll try to attain it
As a woman, you’ll learn that nightclubs have a strict dress-code of stilettos and freakem dresses *consider it nightclub uniform*
You’ll learn that parties are segregated by the infamous V.I.P section, which is usually a dark corner somewhere in the venue cordoned off by a rope
You’ll learn to buy concert tickets early and to arrive early at the venue, unless you know a friend who knows a friend who’s someone important who can get you in for free
And you’ll learn to never wear white sneakers to a concert
Always have cash on you because you never know when you will need it
Beware of the blood-sucking viper called materialism
When your transactions decline in the middle of the month due to insufficient funds, you’ll learn the importance of budgeting and sticking to your financial plan
You’ll learn to avoid shopping malls at the end of the month or during the festive season
You’ll learn to dress warmly in winter as the high-raised buildings that adorn the big city block out much needed sunlight
You’ll find yourself in a constant state of rush *the effect of the big city*
You’ll realize that it’s important to never lose sight of your hopes, dreams and goals
Keep your head up as you find your way in the concrete jungle 🙂
*image from jawbreaker.nyc.