25 Valuable Life Lessons You Learn From Living In NYC

Katherine Ripley Katherine Ripley

25 Valuable Life Lessons You Learn From Living In NYC


New Yorkers are the toughest cookies on the eastern seaboard. And that’s because there are so many hard lessons you learn living in this city. Life is a tough teacher, but a good teacher. Here are some of the most important things you’ve probably learned:


1. You will always bring your umbrella when you don’t need it and forget it when you do

2. No matter what time it is, you are always potentially missing your train

3. Two wrongs don’t make a right, but three rights make a left

4. Shut the blinds before you get naked, even if you live on the 10th floor

5. Perpetually ordering take-out food is not a sustainable lifestyle

[Sarah Ross]
[Sarah Ross]
6. There are always trade-offs—cheaper apartment, or shorter commute?

7. Keep your Metro card full at ALL TIMES

8. Don’t stand too close to the curb when it’s raining

9. No matter how well you plan your night out, your plans will end up changing

10. It’s good to be different

[Gene Han]
[Gene Han]
11. If you’re bored, it’s your own fault

12. If you talk in the quiet car, the commuters reserve the right to pelt heavy objects at you

13. The cab drivers don’t really care that your walk sign is on

14. Carry cash, but not too much cash

15. You can find really great things in unexpected places

16. Don’t even think about trying to buy happiness when you can barely afford your rent

17. When you fall asleep on the subway, no one is going to wake you up

18. Walking doesn’t count as exercise when literally everyone does it

19. Comfy shoes are the only way to go

20. Celebrities are just regular people

[Pacific Coast News]
[Pacific Coast News]
21. The size of the city is relative to the number of people you’re avoiding at the moment

22. Following your dreams is not easy

23. The smell of rotting garbage never completely goes away

24. Fatigue is a feeling you can learn to live with

25. You’re lucky, and you should count your blessings

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