retreat

May 11, 2011 |  Category:   life

The High Line doesn’t look like this anymore, by the way. These photos were taken a few weeks ago on a warm day, but the landscaping was still wintery bare. I was at the High Line again on Monday and it was completely different, lush and green. Late spring is in full swing here. It actually feels a bit like summer and I can’t remember anymore what the long winter was like. Isn’t it weird how that works?

I like coming to the High Line to think (you know during the week when it’s not so crowded). The view of the water on one side, the traffic literally beneath you on the other. Somehow it works. Despite being surrounded by buildings, it’s peaceful and strangely calming, but the view is also weirdly disorienting. You’re not on street level, but you’re not on roof level either.

These days, I’m feeling like I’m “in the middle” a lot, just like that view. I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I feel most calm and secure when I’m crazy busy. Anything less is unsettling even though I’ve expressed the desire to work less this year. Who wants to be stressed and overworked all the time? But I’m comfortable with that scenario. It works for me. When I don’t have that, I’m lost. But right now, there really isn’t enough time to take on a huge project, but just enough time to stop and think.

Yeah, I know. Make things happen. Don’t overthink. Working on that.

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  • Alayna May 11, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Just wanted to say that I do know the feeling of being more comfortable when life is crazy busy. After months of wishing for a night to just sit on the couch and watch t.v., I had the opportunity the other night. I quickly felt bored and restless. Go figure.

  • angie May 11, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    i had my first experience with the high line a few months ago! i would love to see it now ๐Ÿ™‚

    http://bohemianflavored.blogspot.com/2011/02/60-block-walk.html

  • Susan May 11, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    I was there for the first time this past Saturday. It’s nice but I was hoping for some colorful flowers. Looking forward to seeing it at night.

  • PInk Ronnie May 12, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Mmm… can totally relate (and my husband can vouch for that)…

  • MCC May 12, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Your words are so relevent and helpful to know I’m not the only one… Your photos are stunning too. Thanks for this blog and your honesty.

  • gia May 12, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    maybe you need to runaway for a weekend.

  • tschitschi May 12, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I really like the High Line too, it’s a great concept for a bit of a get-away in the city! I always enjoy reading your blog, thanks for sharing thoughts and doubts.

  • Darcy May 18, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    I love the high line! We live in DC so we only get to go when we visit NYC but it really is such a unique place. i wish we had something like it here.

  • Darcy May 18, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    By the way, here are some pics we took when we visited last summer – http://bedtimemonsters.blogspot.com/2010/08/things-to-do-nyc-part-ii.html

  • Becky May 26, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I was in New York in April and visited The High Line for the first time, loved it. Was very bare and wintery then, wish I could see it in high summer.

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