Life After Sandy
I have lived in New Jersey for my entire life and have had a love affair with New York for as long as I can remember. Despite traveling around the world, I still always say that there is no where I’d rather live than New Jersey (except maybe New York), and I mean it. New Jersey is small, but not too small. We are within one hour of both the beach and the city. People of New Jersey are brusque, but strong, we don’t take shit from anybody, but we also know how to have a good time. I love living in New Jersey, I always have, and always will.
These past few days have been trying for my fellow tri-state area friends and family. Hurricane Sandy has taken lives, homes, and left a wake of destruction that will take quite a while to clean up, particularly along the Jersey Shore.
I was extremely fortunate to not lose power, like most of our state did. However, more than that, so much more than that, I am so lucky and grateful that everyone I love is still alive, and still has a home.
During these times we must remember what is important, and that is that we still have each other. Events like these always remind me of a movie quote I try to keep close, ‘As long as we are alive, it’s nothing more than a bad day.’ Many people along the East Coast waking up today cannot say the same. My heart goes out to every single soul who lost their business, home, or much worse, a loved one.
I know that these next few months will be hard for many, but if there is any area in all of America that I believe in with all my heart it is New York and New Jersey. Because we are resilient, and we don’t take shit from anybody. Not even Sandy.