City Hall Park, Lower Manhattan
I want to explore and (en)joy New York City, just like these two explorers.
One of my concerns about retirement has been financial, and specifically having money to travel. Now that I have the time, will I be able to afford the trips I have been dreaming about taking? The rational side of me realized that even if I never left New York City there was so much to do, and the thought of being a tourist in my own city was wonderful. That was the thought of the rational side, but the side of me that wants to see the world never believed it. Today I began the journey to believe this and celebrate it.
I was in Lower Manhattan for a meeting just a few blocks from the Park pictured above. I was going home after the meeting and I had nowhere I had to be at any time. I could just enjoy my walk to the subway and really look at the historic sights around me. And I did...I'd worked in Lower Manhattan for over ten years -- in four different locations -- and enjoyed it a lot. Sometimes I stopped and savored the sights, but most of the time I was rushing to the office, to a meeting or to the subway to get somewhere and often, I was late. This afternoon I realized that the days of rushing would be a lot fewer and there would be time to savor.
Will I miss the rushing? I am sure that there will be times I will miss all of the activities, but there will be new meetings, people, sights and time to enjoy them in the city I so enjoy.
Benjamin Franklin stands across from City Hall Park
City Hall as seen from City Hall Park
These are some of my favorite places in New York City. What are some of your favorites in your town?
Take good care and have a cozy evening!