Having spent most of my life in a tropical country where the weather has been nothing but erratic ranging from warm to suffocatingly hot, I didn’t expect the weather in New York to be so different. In all honesty, a how-to guide to prepare for 4 seasons would be quite handy right now. This time last week I was wearing 2 layers and I sit here today in 70 degree weather just down to my shorts and a shirt. No one ever tells you how transitory spring can be – or how life can be in a different country, for that matter.
There’s no simple guide to life’s ever-changing events, really. It’s not as simple as tucking away your winter coats and easing into breezy cotton shirts or shedding off your triple layers in exchange of, well, 1 layer clothing. It’s the feeling of having constant change that scares most of us because we all relish in the idea of being safe, sound, and stable. Add a life-altering decision to the mix and I’m pretty sure the feeling of ambivalence would sound so unappealing which makes most of us succumb to the idea of staying on the safer end of the spectrum. But see, the road not taken is what makes life exciting because once you let spontaneity rush in all the what ifs and regrets in the world disappears. It may be as mundane as switching from coffee to tea, getting brunch with a friend, hopping on the subway and deliberately missing your stop, complimenting strangers, or even dancing in the streets without music; the simple joys and even the stupid decisions is what makes these changes special.
I’m not going to say that I’m an expert in life-changing decisions just because I decided to leave my life in the Philippines in a snap and believe you me there are more hurdles than triumphs, but I’m taking my small baby steps just like how winter is slowly transitioning into spring. All I can say is, I’m just glad Tobi‘s able to transition my wardrobe into spring and the rest, may it be clothing or my life’s decisions, will eventually and rightfully fall into place.
Photos by Christina Lau