Thinking about it now, an interesting aspect of this project is how it’s become a way to maintain consistency. The life of a freelancer is not usually filled with such a thing, and yet here it is. Every week, despite a concussion or travel or what have you, another Miss Manhattan Hangs Out appears in your inbox. And here I am on the other side, editing photos and typing away, hoping to share a little sliver of someone else’s life with you and in the process perhaps a little of myself.
If people are making dumplings, getting into drag, or going to the theatre and that’s what brings them joy, then all the more power to them. I’m just happy I get to be there to see it all. I never believed the thing you get paid for should be the thing to define you if that’s not what you want or if it’s not who you are. We define and create ourselves, our stories, and there is no template for doing it “right,” no answer to what we “should” be doing. People who carve their own paths, in or outside of the work world, have always been most interesting to me.
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