One of the things Londoners and New Yorkers have in common is a connection to their city that goes far beyond a place to live, work and play. When you say "I am a Londoner" or "I am a New Yorker", it is a statement about who you are, not where you live. The facts of life in the city, its geography and character, its joys and its miseries, they become the threads of a commonality binding us to it, and it becomes almost a religion. You either get it, are a believer, and stay; or you don't, can't hack it, and leave.
I absolutely loved my time in New York, and it made me the person I am today. The freedom, the people, the experiences, they were life-affirming and life-changing. I remember being on a flight home a year or two after moving there, and for the first time ever I understood what it felt like to be going home. New York was my life.
I still love New York, but I don't miss it. I remember the first time I realised that; I actually felt a little guilty, like I was cheating on a lover. And I suppose in a sense I was. But I knew then I would never be moving back. I had found a new religion.
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