Most people experience things in life in what seem to be different chapters. New York City for me has been one big chapter with A LOT of sub chapters. It’s funny how sometimes the universe seems to force change on you. Like it knows you’re long overdue and that shaking things up will bring with it a lot of necessary experiences. I have been wanting a new adventure and a big change for some time now. For me a lot of what has kept me in NYC is comfort. A good stable job. Various freelance work and connections. And a cheap apartment in an expensive neighborhood. Comfort can be the worst thing for a person because it can hold you back from taking risks. Risks which could lead to exciting things.
Growing up my life was full of a lot of instability. Crazy family life and lots of moving around and staying with friends. Because of this I have embraced the stability I have been given these years in New York and that has always been a big part of what keeps me here. I have a definite fear of reliving those unstable moments.
This past week I received some news. Our time in our very inexpensive Brooklyn apartment is coming to an end. And very quickly. It seems they want us out, which we saw coming being that we are living in the most expensive neighborhood in the country right now. It was only a matter of time really. Williamsburg isn’t the rough around the edges artist mecca it was a few years back. It has been inundated with J Crew, Starbucks, Urban Outfitters, and expensive real estate. A lot of the neighborhood staples have closed and a lot of my friends have already been priced out. Our lease is up April 1 and once that happens we will be saying goodbye to this apartment.
Kam and I alway said if we lost our apartment that would be our cue to leave the city. Any other apartment we could afford would be more expensive then what we pay now as well as way farther out in Brooklyn. It seems the universe has given me a kick in the ass. I guess it knows that as long as I have this apartment I’ll never leave New York. Once the stability, which has been the one thing holding me here, is gone then I don’t have a choice but to do something else.
Which brings me to our plan. Maybe a bit crazy. Definitely a bit more rushed then we would have liked. Nonetheless our options are a bit limited. Kam and I haven’t experienced most of our own country. I’ve been abroad and I have always dreamed of doing a cross country road trip but have never had the time, money, or guts to do it. Pretty soon all I will have is time and without my stability what else is there but guts. So April 1 when we leave our apartment we will be moving into an RV. We’ll be spending half our week in Pennsylvania and half our week in NYC working as usual. Saving as much as we can, so that in August we can hit the road on a cross country adventure.
Pretty sure there will be ups and downs. We are planning on trying to utilize as much of our skills as possible along the way to earn some money on the road. Possibly trying to play some shows as a two piece version of our band, Bloodletters and Badmen, taking pictures, picking up some recording gigs, bartending, work exchange, basically whatever we can figure out.
For me the scariest part of leaving NYC is leaving my job. I’ve had very few points in my life where I wasn’t working. I’ve always been lucky to have a job since the ripe old age of 16. And right along with that stability thing I tend to stick to my jobs. I’ve been with Bowery Presents probably about 8 years now and I know that job won’t be waiting for me when I return from our road trip. That being said if we do this trip and decide there really is no place like New York, New York will still be here waiting for us. We can always come back.
The most exciting part about our decision is all of the unknown. The idea that we could find a place and fall in love with it and just know we should live there. Seeing the Grand Canyon and all the beauty of the country that I’ve only seen in pictures is exciting. Doing something I’ve thought about for a very long time is so fulfilling that as days pass the good starts to overshadow the scary and I become more ready to embrace whatever my next chapter is. We are about to lose a lot of things over the next month. But in a way, nothing compares to closing a chapter and embarking on a new and exciting one. Wish me luck!
On this blog I’ll be posting not only the normal travel stuff but consider us an experiment. If anyone ever wondered about living in NYC in an RV or doing a cross country adventure sustainably I’ll be sharing the ups and the downs of this process. And for those that know me don’t worry, Dean the cat will be coming with us on the road.