Monday, October 15, 2007

Le 20 Dollar Bill

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I was walking down the street the other day and found a 20 dollar bill on the sidewalk. I feel like a little kid when I find money, even pennies that have been discarded all over the city. This time it was even more special because I've been a bit broke and have been trying not to buy anything I don't really need. Money I find on the street, however, is a whole other story. I was only allowed to use it on spoiling myself.

I decided to break out the 20 on a cold, rainy October day, the third week into my annoying cough/cold and on another motivational low. I purchased the following:

- "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert
- A very girly bookmark
- Soup and a roll at Ollies the Dim Sum place which I enjoyed over my new book

I had read about the book the day before I found the money and feel like it was something I was meant to have. It is about a woman who goes through a divorce and decides to randomly learn Italian one day for no other reason than because she finds it beautiful. After a couple of spiritual instances, she decides to take a year out of her life to travel. The book is well written and feels especially relevant to me right now because it is about someone making something out of nothing, about someone who travels and someone who fulfills her dream. I guess I can relate to that a bit and it was nice to be inspired when I get close to giving up.

I still have 59 cents left from my 20 and I am saving it for another day. It's going to be more difficult to spend it on something special, but it will be fun wandering around Manhattan trying to find something. Another journey to look forward to.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have that book, its a good read :-). I liked reading this post imagining you walking round NY spending your 20. Hope your fortunes change soon! Renia

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Molly B. said...

Sounds like a book I should read now. Thanks for the tip.

8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi girl,
i admire your courage to just go and live in the city that you have longed for! it's very inspiring.
i'm still waiting for my chance to experience life in NYC, hopefully that will be soon:)
all the best to you!


3:13 PM  

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