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That's an indie artist, Gavin Mikhail, who does piano rock music.
Today was an ending of sorts for me. I had a job I liked in NYC, and when we moved to TMF, I went part time. But before that, almost 10 years ago, I was at a crossroads in my life after a riding injury, and NYC welcomed me with open arms. I've been lucky while I was there, career-wise and with the many friendships I've made along the way, some that will last a lifetime. Fashion Week, tons of parties and late nights (early mornings sounds more appropriate!), some scary moments but so many wonderful ones too. I learned so much about myself, from moving on my own to a studio on 14th Street, meeting tons of people, getting in over my head with shopping, dating, more shopping, and more dating. Matt and I had our first date in Manhattan, and he proposed there. My best friends congregate there for cocktails and catching up, even though some of them live half a world away. NYC has been good to me.
With TMF really taking off, it was time to bid NYC adieu for work purposes. As my train was pulling out of Grand Central for the last time, with the underground lights slipping past, this song came on my iPod. I don't know why, but for whatever reason, it took on new meaning, and how now, with this new beginning with TMF, I am finally at peace and able to "Come Alive."
But before I left, I got the chance to have lunch with some of my favorite people!
Yes, 12 of my favorite coworkers came out for a Last Day Lunch! It was really a celebration, as I was giddy to be able to follow my bliss, and all these fantastic people were happy for me.
As the train raced under skyscrapers, thousands of pedestrians, cabs and bodegas, I couldn't help but wonder: how many people have that many coworkers, at their job, that care about them? That there are now strong friendships that will last beyond lunch, or meetings?
I think I'm very fortunate.
I hope that all of my friends from Langan are all able to Come Alive in their own ways, and allow me to celebrate with them too as they shoot for their dreams.
I don't think this song is meant to be spiritual, but I couldn't help but feel a pull as it played, like someone (perhaps my grandmother, Nana, in Heaven?) had helped show me where I'm meant to be now, and that this song was intended to make me understand that while timing is everything, the people you meet every day also guide you in your journey, perhaps unbeknownst to you at the time.
"Just stand up tall
For what you believe in all the time
And life will work out fine for you
To all my work buddies - I love you bunches, come up and visit, play in my veggie garden, and who wants some free fertilizer?