Life could be compared to bicycle riding. It's an adventure, there are many obstacles to your destination, sometimes you have to pedal harder, make quick and hard decisions, have lot's of patience but arrive a bit sweaty and on time. Recently, my partner and I made a hard decision about our future in NYC and arrived at a dream we've been working up since we started dating. Our priorities have changed drastically since we decided to get out of the NYC real estate market and we feel at peace about it, I would even say excited! As a millennial just entering my early thirties, I can tell you that there are a lot of fears I have about the housing market and future employment opportunities for many my age. Working in data research allows me to get seriously involved in outcomes research and although an outlook of investment could secure a great outcome, the fear that another crises could happen in my life, to me, lingers. The point is to live simply, debt free, and be healthy, body and mind. As months of frustrated searches, endless open houses, and debates passed we decided to throw in the towel and reevaluate what we really want. And what we found is that dream.
For years now, we've designed, researched, and saved for a quiet life in a green and luscious environment where we could garden, bike, hike, work and live a healthy sustainable life. City living for us will be history and in the next few months, I will sell my bike, pack my belongings, and say goodbye to New York for a grand adventure elsewhere. I'll still be around to share life's adventures, maybe just not the same way anymore.
And just like arriving to a destination on bike, I think we've arrived at something we've been longing for deeply. We've pedaled, made those hard decisions and arrived a bit tired but relieved because this is the adventure we've been dreaming of.