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One thing I love about New York City is that so many things happen underground. People are pushing and moving to get from one train to the next, but it’s the things underground that I see that makes me stop and think. New York City never sleeps, no matter if it’s day or night you’re always on a journey. In the underground of NYC, you can see happiness, sadness, joy, pain, life and death. In a city that is so multi-cultural, you get a big bite out of the big apple just by being underground. Being a Los Angeles native, I’ve never been in a rush to get from point A to point B, only if I am extremely late. But in NYC, it’s sooo imperative for people to get from point A to point B, fast, quick, and in a hurry. Just by monitoring the pace of how the citizens of NYC walk, I found out my fast walking is their regular walking pace.

The underground isn’t just a place of transportation, it is a space of expression. I’ve witnessed love, fear, and anxiety all while being underground in NYC. I’ve seen a man stop everyones quick pace, by bending down on one knee and asking his girlfriend to be his wife in 42nd St. station. I’ve seen a man turn noise into silence, because his heart stopped in Penn Station. I’ve seen smiles on the faces of people who went numb, when listening to an Asian man sing Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World in Chambers St. Station. No matter how fast you are moving, there is always time to stop, no matter if it is for 1 second or 1 minute. It’s important as humans that we learn from our surroundings. Everyone has a story and we all express it differently. The underground of NYC is full of story telling, getting a taste of other people’s lives makes you reflect on your own. You don’t have to have a deep reflection, sometimes you just need a brief one. Just think about the things you have power of, like being able to be a better an individual by smiling at someone. It’s the little things on your journey that have the greatest impact. Sometimes we just need to make undergound as bright as above ground.

xoxo,

Ivy Coco

All photos were taken by the photographer of @underground_nyc (Instagram)

It was such an amazing experience working with Aaron, the man who is behind the flourishing Instagram page @underground_nyc. He has an amazing spirit and ability to grasp an individuals’ essence. His skills of quickness and precision, make his work of art unique and creative. Using the space of underground NYC, that in itself is a representation of how his creativity is daring and different.

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Taking the subway in NYC, I realized that a majority of the individuals carry a book with them to read during their journey on the metro. The images above are the covers of three books that individuals recommended I read. All three have amazing titles, which really made me think about how much books have to offer. Books have the ability to give people new perspective, a new way of thinking, and a better way of understanding one self. As I continue to mature, I see myself putting down Vogue and picking a book that challenges the way I think. I plan to read all three in the month of August, but first lets discuss why I chose these 3 books to read:

1)60 Things God Said About Sex-The title is way to too striking for me not to want to read the book. In society, we think about sex being such a bad thing and that you should wait for marriage…blah, blah,blah, but I feel this book can teach me a few things about sex and make me say to myself “hmm, maybe sex has a deeper meaning that we are unaware of”. I’ve always viewed sex as a connection between two people that truly have an understanding for one another, but maybe this book might teach me that sex is much more than that.

2)The Art of War– War, a word defined as “a state of armed conflict between different nations or states or different groups within a nation or state”, but in reality war is much deeper than that. My loving parents taught me that patience is a virtue, and when facing any obstacle, patience is your weapon. Both my parents recommended I read this book, because patience was the one thing I needed to persevere. According to my parents, this book isn’t about the typical capitalistic wars that occur in large nations. It is more about how people are supposed to conquer and “when and how to engage opponents in order to prevail in difficult situations” (Amazon Review). We all need to fight our own battles within ourself and this book offers the power of perspective.

3)The Buddha Walks into a Bar- Now this is another book that makes me want to read solely because of the title. Imagine that, a Buddha walking into a bar… sound weird huh? In the past 3 years I have taken the time to understand the practice of Buddhism. It is not a cult or a religion, it is simply a practice. Three years ago my father decided to start practicing Buddhism. I starting going to his weekly meetings and I could instantly see the change in the person he is due to his surroundings. He was surrounded by people full of humility, that had the power of changing his life. I don’t think I have created a steady routine of practicing my daily Buddhist chant “Nam-myoho-renge-kyo”, but I have mastered the ability to accept my father’s happiness. I believe this book will be a guide for me to understand the Buddhist philosophy. I feel it will also offer me new ways of dealing with daily challenges, stress relief, and being able to connect and meditate with myself.

Keep Reading, because….

“The mind is a terrible thing to waste”

xoxo,

IvyCoco