About a year and a half ago my family and I were blessed to travel to New York City for some work I did with the CDC Tips campaign (you can see my story here). Before I went there I had built up a lot of preconceived notions about what the city and the people were going to be like.
I knew from television shows and movies that the city was big, busy, with bumper to bumper traffic and throngs of pedestrians filling crosswalks. I also knew the people were mostly rude, yelling and waving fists at each other. I anticipated not just dealing with rude people, but I also expected to get mugged. Probably in an alley (even though I had no intentions of walking in an alley while I was there.)
I had a mental image of New York and the people, so I was prepared to deal with this reality. Or so I thought.
When I arrived in New York, even my most exaggerated ideas of what the city and people would be like couldn’t prepare me for what I actually experienced. I can hardly put into words what I experienced.
Watch my video below to find out what I saw and what I learned about being willing to “not get mugged.”
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