For a few years I have been seriously wondering what it would be like to leave NY permanently. I have relatives in the pacific northwest and that area is appealing to me for several reasons: green technology, progressive, liberal social views, asian friendly. How lovely to see my niece and nephew more than twice a year; not to walk or MTA it everywhere carrying my bundles like a sherpa; to have a bedroom and space for a guest; to have elbow room as I go through my day to day life.
Of course nothing is perfect. It is gray and rainy there a good chunk of the year. Without sunlight, a community of close friends and doctors around me (at least in the beginning), would I fall victim to depression? It would be optimal to make my current job portable and carry on as usual in another state. Could I make everything work? Can I create a new comfortable life for myself at 50something?
I have made some baby steps toward my Relocation plan. I spoke with my manager last year and she was supportive. But then she left the company. I consulted with a career coach (I know, sounds Yuppie but he has truly been helpful, kind of like a therapist for my work life). I even contacted a moving company about potential costs associated with moving my studio apartment possessions to the west coast.
But now I’m stuck. I can’t bring myself to do this enormous life changing move completely by myself. Meaning I don’t want to create a new life on the west coast, all by myself. Floating around in a spacious one-bedroom apartment. Can’t I meet a nice mensch in NYC who also happens to want to move to the pacific northwest? I wonder if Mr. Midwest on eharmony has ever traveled to the pacific northwest?