New York, New York

I could get really cheesy and begin this post with Frank Sinatra’s famous line “ Start spreading the news…” from his infamous song New York, New York, and have all of you singing it in your head, but I won’t. A young man sang that very song for Karaoke Idol on the cruise ship I enjoyed this past week. But back to New York….

I have visited NY a couple of times in my lifetime and when I talk about it you would think it was yesterday. But guess what? It was not. Nope. Turns out it was a long time ago. A long long time ago in a galaxy far away…Thirty-five years to be a little more precise. 35. That would be 3 decades plus five years. I was a little in shock because I was 17 at the time. It’s not like I was a wee baby in a carriage or anything. And so this revelation left me with a myriad of feelings.

I guess to begin with I just can’t fathom that much time has passed since I feel eternally, say, oh, maybe 32? It didn’t make me feel old, it just made me realize how time marches on. All the cliches- time waits for no man, lost time is never found again, and you may delay but time will not- they are true. But for most of us, it’s an experience or several that make us realize, hey wait a minute, this ship is sailing no matter what I do.

So as I rode through New York soaking in familiar surroundings, really iconic sights- Time Square, The Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center- I decided to place a mental marker deep in my heart and mind. Enjoy the experiences, make the memories, indulge the wanderlust and continue to live life as an adventurer. So start spreading the news, I’m leaving today, I want to be a part of it…. New York, New York….And any other beautiful blip on the bucket list and the highway of life.