P sent me this video with a simple ‘what do you think?’ posed under in a text message. Before I even watched it, the title instantly brought my mind back to New York City in the hot summer months. The streets teaming with people and smells; a thick heavy heat blanketing the island of Manhattan. Whether you’re there for a minute or months you instantly acknowledge the soundtrack of the city; the honks, the yells, the music, all fighting to eke out their own space in this overly populated mecca.
The title put me there. My mind submerged in a feeling I’ve only ever felt in New York. I began to remember times walking to school during a short stint at NYU and the hellos I would get on the way there. The head nods, the whistles and one particular homeless man who rated my outfit everyday – feeling particularly accomplished when he gave me an 11 out of 10….
So before I watched this video I, ashamedly, could only come up with not so negative memories. Sure there were times when I would have rather have not said hello (sleepy) or that I felt a little frightened – walking alone late at night. But for the most part I couldn’t remember much that was particularly negative.
And then I watched it.