I was born January 5, 1995 in a small hospital in Wilmington, North Carolina and taken home to a tiny oceanside condo in Wrightsville Beach. While my brain was not developed enough to have a memory at that point, my dad reminisces about the pink balloons he tied on each of the eight floor’s balconies for my arrival. “Welcome to the world. You exist now, you’re a human. Here’s a balloon.”
I still live in that building today. There is something to be said about remaining in the same place for your entire life. You develop a relationship with the places you live. Where you live is what you see, breathe, and hear…and in turn inspires what you think, and say, and determines who you connect with, and what you think is acceptable. Where you live shapes the person you are. I, Jillian Matt, am shaped by Wrightsville Beach.
Where you live is initially chosen for you by a parent or guardian. Where you are popped out and driven to is where you stay. You have no discretion of the influences in your life as a child.
At 18, I have been finally given the opportunity to choose for myself where I live. It sounds so simple. I have chosen to see, breathe, hear, and be inspired by, and connect with the people and cultures of New York City. I will let it shape the person I become.
This blog will record the progress of a person being shaped by the best city in the world.