Why I love New York City

I’m 19 years old, was born and raised in Belgium, but for the last 6 months, I’ve been here in New York City.

Louis De Keyser
Oct 3, 2017 · 5 min read

And I’m now doing everything I can to move here. But why? Why do some people feel home half-way across the world, and do others love their hometown? Well, I’m not a scientist or a psychologist, or anything like that, so I can’t really say ‘why’ this is a thing. The one thing I can share is why I don’t feel home in my country.

Quick disclaimer, there is nothing ‘wrong’ with Belgium, it’s a country just as good as any other, it’s just not the right place for me. So instead of ‘shitting’ on my country, which I sometimes do and I’m not proud of it (it just comes out sometimes you know ;)) In emigration there are 2 factors that play a role in deciding to take action: A ‘push’ and a ‘pull’ factor.

What’s pushing me away from Belgium:

Again, I don’t want to attack Belgium here, so I’ll keep it short Belgium is a small Country.

  • Even though we can technically move to every country in the European Union, In reality, that’s not as easy as it sounds. First off, all countries have a different language and a very different culture, which a lot of people see as valuable, I see it as very unpractical (but that’s just me ;)) The only countries I was looking at were: Denmark, Germany and the UK. Denmark is great, the people are super friendly, but the country is tiny. There is basically only one city (Copenhagen) and there is not much to do there. I go to Berlin quite a lot, and I love it! But the war is still a big part of that city and a lot of German people, are just very rude to each other. Maybe that’s just my experience but whatever it is, I don’t like it and I certainly couldn’t live there. And then the UK. I love London and I could totally live there. But then again, in 1.5 years, it will probably be as hard to move there than to move to the US, or not. Point is, no-one knows…

The ‘Pull’ Factors:

  • Ambition: I’ve never met people more driven and ambitious than the people I’ve met here over the last 6 months. Everyone, at whatever point of their lives they find themselves in, thinks about what’s next, what they could do better and what they could change about themselves and their situation. I know a 57-year-old professor, and instead of complaining to the government that they’re pushing back his retirement, He just quits his job and starts a company. I mean…

The reason I wrote this article is because I wasn’t feeling sgreat yesterday, after realizing that I have to leave this place in about a week. So I thought it would be a good idea for my mind, to think about what I love here and to refocus on why I’m going through all this ;) I hope you found some value in this too and if there is anything I can help anyone of you with, you know where to find me!

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