I had been born and spent my first 18 years in the New York Metro area. After I got a career going, I returned there. That's where you made the money.
So, I wondered if I could transition to a much more affordable small town in the Midwest. Everything from the rent to the car insurance in Austintown, Ohio is about one-fourth what the going rate is in the New York Metro area.
Well, I could and did adjust.
Maybe age has something to do with it. I don't need continual stimulation.
Also, my industry has changed. I can operate my communications boutique mostly through telecommuting. I haven't met in-person with a client in a long time.
And because I'm not tense I am quickly making friends. Tomorrow one of them is giving me a free ticket to a professional event. Yes, there is sophistication in Small Town U.S.A.
Do I miss the big city? Not after it turned its back on me when I began to age. I would take the bus to the train and the train to the subway to pitch to a prospect. The odds were their jaw would drop when I walked in. They hadn't expected someone in her 60s to be calling on them.
Today, at a gender-neutral hair salon in Austintown, I took advantage of the senior rate for a haircut. That was $11. The shampoo was $4. And I look like a million bucks. The dog picked up on the spring in my step and raced all around the park.