I live in New York State, currently in one of the 5 boroughs, less than 10 miles from Manhattan. Until I became ill and had to move out of Manhattan, I lived in NYC for 20 years, in the same apartment building.
Manhattan was great when you are able to walk around, take public transportation and have enough money to order in meals. But once I became confined to my apartment because of my illness, Manhattan became a horrible place to live.
Parking was a nightmare and none of my friends or family could come visit me during the day, even on weekends it was difficult. I was a prisoner in my apartment, when I lived in the busiest city in the country, the city that never sleeps. I sat in my apartment day after day, looking out my window, seeing the world pass me by, as I tried to figure out what my illness was.
If I had to leave the apartment, I would count the steps required to walk up the block to the bus stop and then would picture in my mind how many steps were required to get to the doctors office that I needed to get to on that particular day. My social life consisted of doctor visits and occasional phone calls when I had the energy.
My living room became my solace and I can still picture every last inch of it. It’s etched in my mind and I loved being in that room. I had lived in my apartment prior to my marriage and then remained there after my divorce. Once my divorce was finalized, I redecorated the place so that I would have a fresh start. I love to decorate and to pick out colors. I don’t look at this process as work, or as a chore, like so many people do. I was enjoying this process and everything I choice, I loved.
So if I could be transported back to one place, I would love to be able to go back to my old apartment in NYC and be healthy and once again enjoy what Manhattan has to offer. I would visit the WTC Museum and have lunch at my favorite neighborhood place, which served the best grilled chicken salad, with hearts of palm and roasted artichokes. Then I would walk cross town and go see the Broadway play Aladdin.
I probably wouldn’t have wanted to live in Manhattan forever, but I would have wanted to leave on my own terms and not be forced to leave because I became ill, went on disability and got fired from a company where I worked for 15 years at a job I absolutely loved.