Big City Lights

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.

25 thoughts on “Big City Lights

  1. That sounds like a wonderful plan, Spear. I have lived in big cities and rural emptiness. Now I like something in between. The small city that I live in now has grown like Topsy but we still back onto a reserve and we are in a forest so I need to stop complaining… I just need to hear Downtown and I am straight back in the 60s watching my mum get dressed up to go out.

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  2. I love that song, brought back so much to me! We lived in a city of 5 million for many years, now in a town of 22,000. I love it, slow paced, people say hi when you pass, students coming back after break! It is a nice quiet life! I hope your move is a lovely and happy one Spear!

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  3. I love that song …. it’s part of the soundtrack of my childhood and I have just listened to it and been straight back in the kitchen with my mum dolling out the milk and fairy cakes straight from the oven. The wireless in the background crackling away …. happy days. I’m pretty sure you will enjoy the odd fix of the big city and your heart will surge with excitement, just like it did when you were a child at the sight of those city lights. I’m also pretty sure that you will enjoy wherever it is you are settliing and you will find the value in the way things are. I’ll enjoy the story as it rolls out. As I am enjoying it so much so far.

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  4. Right now we essentially have the best of both worlds in that we’re in the suburbs with a rural feel to it but are just a short drive away from the skyscrapers and those big city lights. Likely a good reason we’ve been here most all our life together. That song – well, doesn’t get much better than that one and it holds up quite well even after all these years.

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    • After our move we will be within a couple of hours of a large city – we will not be in the middle of nowhere. And yes that song stands the test of time, always enjoy listening to it. Thanks Bruce, have a great weekend.

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  5. It continues to vaguely freak me out how similar our life experiences are. My childhood and young adult years were spent in a small city; which has now morphed into a large city (it’s not huge. Not yet. It will be though). As a child I too was fascinated with the big city lights and the whole sense of excitement that they engendered. Alas that feeling doesn’t last. Something about familiarity breeding contempt or something. So I left two and a good bit years ago now. To a tiny town. We might have 2000 here, maybe. Maybe less. It’s still rural and you can see horses and cows and sheep in the fields. Smell the unforgettable smell of cow manure wafting on the breeze time to time, hear roosters crowing in backyards. At first I was so grateful to be out of the large city that I didn’t miss that underlying and familiar thrill of living in the city. Now I do a little bit. And I suspect you might as well, after the novelty of change has worn off. Sometimes I just want to experience that thrill again, be 19 and experiencing life for the first time. And I realize I can’t. Because I have changed.

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    • As we change as we become older, so do our desires. In the future after the move, yea, I may miss what I have today, but will be glad to have been here and moved on. Sounds like you are content where you are today, I sure hope so anyway. Always appreciate your perspective, have a great weekend. 🙂


    • Thank you very much – I do feel lucky. Life has had its ups and downs, but it is a life full of experiences that have giving me great memories. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. Have a great day! 🙂


  6. I think the saying is ‘ a change is as good as a holiday’. I am sure you will enjoy the change, it sounds as though you are definitely ready for it and want it, so it will be great. new memories, new experiences, I think it is great. Nothing wrong with the slower pace in life, I think it is awesome. I look forward to your following stories. Hope you are having a good week. 🙂

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