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Every time I talk to my mom about moving to NY, she tells me it is "too fast" for me. I live in Pittsburgh currently, which is similar in size and scope to ATL. How are you adjusting to life in the Big Apple? Is it really, "fast" and if so, how do you cope with the pace?

I'm from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, which isn't unlike Pitt or ATL in these ways and I definitely had an adjustment period when I got here. And you never really adjust fully, but you can learn to embrace the different areas of New York and how the city isn't homogeneously "fast". There are lots of personalities to the areas.

But it's not easy and coping with the city can be a challenge for everyone here at some point.

Thanks for the reply @ben . I am very hyper-aware, so it sounds like a BIG adjustment would need to be made.

Yeah I don't really feel like a "New Yorker" yet, and personally feel comfortable with that 😄, I walk pretty slow, don't rush to things, try to just look around and maybe act like a tourist. I think @ben makes a point in that NYC has many parts to it (I didn't even understand any of the boroughs before. Definitely can give off an impression of being fast-paced, with everyone "doing" something and always having plans, but I try to keep myself open and not plan too methodically. Maybe I haven't put too much emphasis on the location I'm in? I think finding a consistent, welcoming community is super important to me especially in a big city/new place so that's the first thing I had looked into after moving. As much as the culture/pace is moving all of us, it's important to think about what keeps us going forward, and for me patience is a big part of "doing" as counter-intuitive as it can feel.

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