When I was a young boy, my family’s vacation was usually going to a big city. The small city I grew up in had a population of around 65,000 in the 1960s. The big city that we usually vacationed in had a population of around 700,000 in the 1960s. There I was, a young boy in awe when we would drive in that big city. There were the downtown tall skyscrapers, the highways, too many hotels to count, and I remember the city busses and highway interchanges mixing together like spaghetti. But what really caught my attention was when we drove at night and seeing the big city lights.
Those big city lights! The neon hotel signs, all the street lights, tall skyscraper lights; in my eyes as a young boy it was New York’s Time Square.
I was lost in the lights, the tall skyscrapers, the traffic – it was the big city – and I loved it!
In 1989 I moved to that big city and still reside today. This big city I have lived in for the past 27 years is huge now – with a city population of over 2 million and with the surrounding area the population is over 7 million. The big city lights are everywhere now, the downtown skyscrapers are taller and the traffic is endless.
It was a big city back when I was young, and now it is a huge city – I do not love it anymore!
Me, 27 years ago was into the hustle and bustle of the city. There were so many things to do, so many sites to see, so many events to experience. No longer; I am ready to slow down and enjoy life without having to drive a long distance to visit friends in bad traffic, driving on bad streets, paying high taxes and the list goes on.
As you know my partner and I are moving this year, with the move possibly taking place as early as late spring. The move is taking us to a smaller city, or town that has a population of around 16,000 and the county that includes cities/towns nearby with a population of around 143,000.
Big change I know – no more big city lights!
Honestly, I will not miss the big city lights or the downtown tall skyscrapers, the highways, the too many hotels or the traffic. It is time to slow down and enjoy life and the calmness of a smaller environment.
I most likely will be back to the big city someday because I do have some family here.
Maybe after moving and enjoying my slower paced life and I return to visit, I will again be in awe when driving in that big city.
Maybe when I visit in the future those big city lights will again amaze me as if I were a young boy again.