Susan and I are in our last day of a weekend trip to Manhattan to visit family and to be tourists in the city. I have been to New York City a number of times on business and for pleasure. However, I have never had a truly immersive experience here. I really want one.
We are staying in a nice apartment in the upper west side of Manhattan that we found on airbnb. It is right near a subway stop and some affordable yet delicious restaurants. In two days we have walked through Central Park, visited the Whitney Museum of American Art at its brand new building, and seen some fascinating exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There is so much more I want to do and experience here. I just need the time to do it. So, I have been pushing Susan a little bit to set a date in the future when we can execute our temporary relocation plan.
I would like to find a place on the upper west side that is large enough to host visitors during our future stay here. I also would need to schedule trips back to Nashville to visit family and, if I am still working, show my face at the office.
After my trip to Italy last year, I though I would like to try one of these extended visits there. That is still on my “things to consider” list but NYC will be first. Of course, it helps that Susan used to live and work in Manhattan so she is a very good tour and cultural guide for the city.
This is part of the freedom of being a baby boomer with an empty nest. To the extent practical circumstances allow, we should view this time in our life not as a challenge, but as an opportunity.
I say go for it. What do you think?