Never Stop Experiencing Life
What better way to seek out experiences than to actually live in as many different locations as possible. And when I say ″different,” I mean “different.” First I lived in Long Island, New York, with its access to New York City: Broadway musicals, sporting events, concerts, tourist attractions, restaurants, and shopping yet, on the down side, little sense of community with each town melding into the next and a certain degree of constant tension, stress, even hostility.
Next I lived in western Massachusetts for college with its small-town feel and laid-back attitude. This was followed by Boston, Massachusetts, a city of neighborhoods and loyal friends, great historical significance, plus my favorite baseball team. Next, upstate New York on the Finger Lakes to attend an Ivy League law school with buildings truly covered in ivy. Not much to do but study, which was a good thing.
On to Houston, deep in the heart of Texas, a young, vibrant city with a great night-life, friendly people and good barbeque. Next stop, New Orleans, Louisiana; Mardi Gras, Cajun food, Bourbon Street, the French Quarter, a place like no other, a constant party. Contrast that with a move to Westfield, a bedroom community in northern New Jersey; very family-oriented. Finally my last stop, Louisville, home of the Kentucky Derby.
Although you can visit more places in your lifetime, nothing compares with the everyday experience of actually living somewhere. Living with people from different areas enhances your ability to successfully, ″get into their shoes.″ This helps you to understand the actions of others and anticipate how they will react to a given situation—a tremendous advantage. A broad variety of experiences develops the ability to exercise good judgment.