You Okay?

As I was walking back from class today, I was thinking about all of the things I have to get done in the next 12-14 days before finals are over.  I was trying to see how I could fit everything in and not go totally crazy.  I was feeling slightly overwhelmed, and must have looked it, because the man who always stands on the street corner next to my building (I hesitate to hall him homeless but he certainly asks for money) asked me "You okay?"

That struck me.  

I see this man every day, and ignore him every time.  Granted I've walked by him while he was yelling about carrying a gun because there is no more stop and frisk, but he is a person.  And while I haven't seemed to care about him, he cared enough to ask me, out of a crowd of people, if I was doing okay.  

And you know what?  Thanks to that man, who I've seen every day for the past 3+ months and yet don't know his name, thanks to him I am.  

I smiled to him and said, "yeah, I am, thanks" and continued on my way.  

And just like that I really am doing okay.  

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I'm Madysen, born and raised in Nebraska but now living out my dreams in New York City. I moved here to go to Columbia, but living in New York has become so much more to me. This blog is a space where I can share my experiences of reconciling my midwestern upbringing with the life I live in the city. But even bigger than that, this blog serves as a space where I can try to understand where I fit into the larger social world, where I want to go in life, and how I want to go about pursuing all of these endeavors.

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