I take where I live for granted.
I think a lot of us do in some way. It is so easy to stay in a routine: come home from work, hang out in your apartment, cook (or let’s be real ordering out and/or utilizing a microwave in my case) dinner, maybe go for a quick workout, read a good book, go to bed. Repeat. And there’s nothing wrong with that; it’s a perfectly nice way to live.
But there’s so much to DO when you live in a city – anywhere, really, if you just take the time to look. So much at your fingertips. It’s the best feeling. And one that’s even better when you have a friend who feels the same exact way.
My friend Tess is amazing at being actively involved, in everything. Her knowledge of the ins and outs of Philadelphia is actually insane and unbelievably impressive; I don’t know HOW she gets wind of some of the events that she does, but she does. I think Yelp has her on VIP email lists.
The best thing about her gift/secret celebrity status? She shares her insider knowledge with others constantly. She’s always looking to get friends involved in something cool and alternative.
Exhibit A: on a recent casual Wednesday we went to Coda, an up and coming bar in Center City, for a free late-night wine tasting, endless appetizers (we almost took an entire cheesewheel home) and 3 or 4 live bands throughout the night to watch. The bands were all local, smaller groups just starting out and looking to practice some original stuff for a laid back crowd. It was awesome, different and a great time.
So, obviously, when Tess caught wind of a rooftop event the Free Library was holding last month and told me about it, I RSVPed right away. I didn’t even know the Library had a rooftop.
The event was on a Monday night, May 18 from 6-8:30pm for just $25, all to support the Free Library. It was a rooftop biergarten on the Library’s gorgeous Skyline Terrace. We drank wine and tasted some great local beers, and got to mingle with other young professionals in Philadelphia passionate about literature and the Library. There were even ancient books to pose with to make us look studious/even more nerdy than we already are. To further this point we also wore glasses (Tess’ spectacles not pictured because she’s annoying). The English major in me was in heaven.
We had so much fun chatting with attendees and current members of the Raven Society, who organized the event. I researched them a little the next day after the event, and love on their page that it lists one of the Society’s goals as building and maintaining an “engaged community of lifelong learners.”
I think we should all strive to be lifelong learners. Education doesn’t end after high school, college, or grad school does. We can still learn and grow every single day. Our cities are our classrooms; it’s up to us to keep being engaged and interested in what they have to offer us. To proactively seek opportunities to learn and be better. To not be afraid to keep raising our hands and participating.