The NYC Times Square Hook

Times Square

It only takes one. One visit to Times Square in New York City, and something has you instantaneously hooked. You don’t know how to formulate into words what it is, you just know that it has you in its grasp. You can taste it in every breath that you inhale, you see it in the faces of the strangers that brush by your shoulders as you stand, paralyzed by sheer amazement, and it’s in the sights, sounds and smells that overwhelm your body. Every one of your five senses are alive in that single instance, making you feel as though you’re experiencing one of those “once-in-a-lifetime” kind of moments. For you, and the other 300 to 400,000 visitors sharing in that space, Times Square provides the license to feel alive and be in tune to all that surrounds you, more than any other place in the world. With adequately fitting descriptions like “The Crossroads of the World” and “The Center of the Universe,” one visit to that magical place makes you feel like you have traveled the world and seen all seven wonders. But it’s not until you leave, and you return to your very own corner of the world from whence you came, that you are able to decompress and finally put into words that instantaneous feeling that had you hooked and overwhelmed your senses while you were there. When that happens, the words flow from your mouth, like a mighty river echoing through a forest once devoid of life and sound. All of a sudden, that mighty river reduces itself into one single drop of water. But in that drop of water resides one word; one all-powerful, resounding word that lies in the hearts, minds, and souls of every human being inhabiting their very own corner of the world. The word is POSSIBILITY. Who knew that one single moment in time, standing in one single place, surrounded by so many, but feeling like the only one – who knew that that moment could fill someone with so much possibility. But indeed it can, and indeed it did, as I am one of the lucky ones to have experienced the awe-inspiring possibility represented by Times Square in New York City.

–Adam Booker