I was thinking today about how New York City really has a strong presence in my life, as if it were a close friend or family member. And I treat it that way. I can sense its moods and its feelings and its needs. I feel like I can talk to it and like it either has it out for me some days or is in my corner on others. I can feel its pulse and appreciate its diverse neighborhoods, like they were birthmarks or a unique eye color.
I've never felt this way about the place I lived before, and I'm not sure why that is. I don't think most cities have such a distinct personality or such a strong personified presence.
By the way, New York is definitely a woman. Just in case you were wondering.