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  • Writer's pictureGwendolyn Houston Jack

Coming Home

Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan in the distance from the water.
Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan

It’s been said home is where the heart is, but I do believe it’s possible to have more than one home. My previous boss/mentor has always said, "Gwendolyn is a northerner who was born in the south." I completely agree with her.

When I started considering colleges, I knew I was moving to the east coast. Something was calling me there. I knew my city was a city along the Atlantic. In the end, I settled in New York City and I’m all the better for it.

The one piece of advice I give to young people is to leave home (if possible). The human experience needs the art of travel in it. We must be exposed to other ways of life and living. We should expand our horizons and have our way of life challenged. New York City was that for me. I am the woman I am because of New York City. I get teary-eyed when I think of the impact.

West side of New York City at sunset from the Hudson River.
West side of New York City at sunset.

To be reborn in a particular place and time is a feeling quite hard to describe. I celebrate September 25th every year as the birth of G. It’s the day my life started anew. I defined what beautiful is, who I am, and what I stand for.

This week I'm in New York City. I’m sharing this voyage with my husband, so in several ways, I’m retracing how we arrived at today. There is so much I want to see, visit and rediscover. Exciting indeed.

Tell me: when did you discover you?

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