CHAPTER 1: Welcome To New York
Entry #2: "Nothing On You"
As the day turned to night, I made my way over to the heights. It's packed in NYC. Everyone is headed to Time's Square to watch the ball drop. It was so packed that the MTA kicked everyone off the subway because they had to shut it down. I'm still new here, I kinda freaked out. I didn't know where I was. All I knew is I had to get out of there. So I called lyft to take a car to my destination. I arrived at Jesus's place a little later than I intended. But, I made it. I'm so glad I got to be with my brothers for NYE. It's a nice change of shift for me. I got to meet Jesus's side of the family and I settled in and ate along with them. It was a good time surrounded by beautiful souls. As we counted down to midnight, Jesus, Julio, and I said goodbye to this shitty year, and hello to the great unknown that is 2020. We left Jesus's house and went over to Julio's aunt's place for a little after-party. Never in my life have I seen a more loving and lit NYE party that late in the evening. It was a blast. Everyone was dancing and just celebrating love and life. I was getting a tiny bit tipsy, not a lot though. I was sober enough to remember all these details. The boys and I hung out with Julio's brother, Alex, and sister, Jenny. I love those 2 as well. I met them on Christmas, and we just clicked. They are the best, and I'm fortunate enough to call them family now, as well. Julio's uncle kept handing us drinks, so the boys started to get more drunk than I was. We figured it was a good time to leave the party and head back to Jesus's party. So we said our goodbyes and took a short, but loud walk back to Jesus's place. By loud, I mean, we sang "Nothing On You" by B.O.B and Bruno Mars on the street at 2:30 am. Out of everything from that night, that moment there, I think that solidified our bond even more. I'll now always look back at that moment, as one of the happiest moments of my life. I'll also look at it as the starting point of the calm before the storm we are about to create this year. When we got back to Jesus's place, everyone was asleep. We didn't want to wake anyone, so we deadass walked back over to Julio's aunt's house. When we showed up, Alex and Jenny had left. So we just hung out and rang in the first hours of the New Year, watching everyone dance. As the last of the party continued to party, Julio decided to proclaim that 2020 will now be the year of JULIUS. Now you see where the name comes from, lol. Hey, its a fancy name and we are about to do some fancy things in 2020, lol. As it got later, Jesus was already falling asleep on the couch. So I walked him back home, got him there safely, and spent a night at his place. As my brother went to sleep, I laid down and felt nothing but grateful for the fun night I just had. It meant a lot to me, to be surrounded by people, I now call family. I never had a New Year's Eve like this one. I don't know if I ever will have one again. What I do know is, I'm grateful that I got to end such a bad year, on such a happy note. It's all thanks to my brothers. That song may be about girls, but I interpret it this way now - Nothing on you, means nothing on our bond, our brotherhood, and the greatness we are about to share with the world.
Photographer: Alex Chavez
What I'm Wearing: Jacket - Vans, Hoodie - Seek Discomfort, Pants - Uniqlo, Shoes - Vans, Hat - H&M, Glasses - Rayban