Today my partner said, "You know, your life is about to change in less than thirty days." "Really?" I asked. "Hadn't thought about that."
At the end of the month, I'll be making the move from New York City (albeit the woodsy parts of Riverdale in the Bronx) to Nyack (a quirky little village on the Hudson River.) We have talked about moving out of city for a while now. Too much...noise, congestion, garbage, rent. The decision to move, from my perspective, was less about a lifestyle change and more about living in the place that I work and enjoy spending my time.
When I moved to NYC from Atlanta in 2008, I had created a fun and ambitious "30 things to do in the first 30 days" list. Items ranged from the touristic to the mundane. In retrospect, making the list was more fun than trying (and failing) to complete the list. I look back on those excited months and days filled with anticipation and excitement and wonder if I should be having similar feelings about this move. Am I missing something?
Truth be told, I lived in the NYC suburbs for a year in 2011 - so I've already "left New York" once before. I rode the commuter train, schlepped into the city for work/school/dinner with friends, and sat around on Saturday evenings wondering what the heck I was doing "all the way out here!" That time for me, however, was different - a move made necessary due to an ended relationship, a new job, and a new chapter in my life.
I took a walk this past weekend to take a look at my new (our new) apartment and along the way I noticed the hill that gently caresses the sloping streets of Nyack and thought, "This is where I'm supposed to be." I've always had a thing for mountains in the distance - maybe I should have moved to Denver? But whatever that affinity is about, I knew in that moment that this is where I need to be.
No lists. No going-away parties. No dreams of how my life will suddenly change.
Just the peaceful and contented recognition that my life has and is changed...I'm just simply playing catch-up.
My thoughts and reactions to the world in which we live...completely biased and unfiltered.