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May 17, 2011 / iselgarcia

Cat’s Out of the Bag

Okay, out with it. I’ve been playing zip about this whole thing for the longest time because nothing was set in stone yet. But now that things have panned out pretty well and plans are moving at top speed (“Ahoy, mate, rig the sails!”), I guess it’s safe enough to go public about it.

Remember when I wrote about running the legwork for things you wanted because no one else will do it for you? Well, at that time, I was actually running the legwork to get into this school. And to cut the long story short, I got in.


And to cut the long story even shorter (trust me, you don’t want to hear about the tedious process of filing papers, getting bank statements, etc.), I got my I-20 Form from The School today. So, I guess this is really it. I leave in a little over 2 months, approx. 75 days. Or less.

It still feels very surreal to me, although I’ve gotten used to the idea of leaving. I don’t feel like bursting into tears anymore whenever I think about how much I’ll miss my family and friends. I’m over the second-guessing and the cold feet. I really, really want this and it seems that the Universe thinks I should go for it too. It certainly has not tried to hinder my going in any way.

So, there you have it, the start of something new. What awaits me in my beloved City of Bright Lights  (Dean and Deluca? Shake Shack?? Katz’s Deli??? MOMA???? Central Park????? Broadway??????), I do not know. But if there is one thing I firmly believe, it is this: We have one shot at life; leave no room for regret. Too long have I lived in shadow of what’s safe and comfortable. Enough is enough. I no longer have the time or the patience for what if’s, shoulda’s, woulda’s or coulda’s. I’m just ready and raring to live my life now. Not tomorrow or in 5 years. Now.

So, expect to hear more about the Big Apple in a couple of months. Wish me luck and maybe I’ll see you around!


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