You don’t need to hear it from me to know that New York has some pretty incredible people. You have the world’s elite, wealthy, beautiful, talented, yada yada yada…In a town of 10 million people sprawled out across five boroughs, you should never be shocked to meet someone doing something different, adept in something special, or mastering their craft. In fact, once you encounter them, take note and appreciate them, stop to ask them questions! That's what made Human's of New York so special.
New York is filled with pockets and communities bonded together by common interests. If you are religious, take your pick. If you like photography, you can find your niche group of artisan photographers. If you love to cook, join a supper club. A very different breed however, are the hardwired individuals known as experimentalists. Experimentalists like to try their foot in all of these communities but not commit to one. These people love immerse themselves with the "regulars" and bond through their experiences and learn from their knowledge of the craft. These group of experimenters are everywhere and can be found at all the meetup groups (it's their 2nd event), at the rock climbing gyms (but rarely a member) or at brunch with friends (but never every Sunday). These people revel in the chance to explore everything, committing to "chameleonship," the ability to adapt and blend in to the various social climates. Today's The Day I... had the opportunity to sit down with one of those inspiring chameleons and pick her brain about her experiences.
I stumbled upon Lydia Warren one day when I was researching a self-cultivated dream project of doing one thing every single day for 365 days that intrigued me or introduced me to something/someone new. While it’s not a pipe dream, I wanted to create some structure in my initiative and create a plan of attack if I ever decided to follow through with it. I went to Google to see if anyone had attempted something similar and amidst a slew of Buzzfeed lists, TimeOut NYC articles and other city directories, I found an authentic account of one girl's NYC attempt at urban discovery. For one full year, Lydia Warren did something new every day and blogged about her experience. After reading her blog and becoming an active member of her blogging community, I had to get a chance to meet Lydia.
Lydia and I sat down for Coffee at WhyNot and talked for 90 minutes about what it was like to commit to such a project and some of the obstacles she encountered. She talked about the project and how incredibly rewarding it was to commit to something and stick to it. She is a spontaneous adventurist and the project kept her on her toes and gave her the chance to explore the city that she had inhabited only two years prior. Lydia worked a full 9-11 hours a day as a journalist for a british newspaper before taking on her daily activity but kept the gears moving as she would blog the activity every night after her experience. She mentioned that she made some close friends throughout her experience, however, making plans had to be delayed until a later point...a year...until her calendar opened up. Her dedication to the project was certainly admirable and she's been an inspiration to me ever since I discovered her writing a few months ago.
If you want to learn more about Lydia or want to read about some of her experiences, I highly recommend following her blog, twitter or facebook and get in touch with her! She's great company and is appreciative of her reader community.
Check out Her Blog HERE