You may not feel like you want to leave New York, but, as George Harrison once said, all things must pass. I for one can’t imagine leaving, but I also think you shouldn’t be living in a place like New York if you aren’t going to take full advantage of it. Blogger Tracy Kaler had an interesting perspective on this, and I really liked a lot of what she had to say:
You don’t want to explore any more: The convenience of being able to explore the unique and exciting neighborhoods of New York is easily the best part of living there. If you aren’t taking advantage of that, or getting all that you’d expect from the city, then it’s not worth paying exorbitant prices on rent.
You’re gone more often than you’re there (by choice): Most people in New York should be visiting you in New York, not the other way around. Unless you work in a field that’s specifically linked to New York, you should maybe move and find a job elsewhere.
You’re presented with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: If a unique job offer appears somewhere else where you might actually enjoy living, then you should at least consider it, if not take it, especially if combined with any of the other factors mentioned in this post.
You’re struggling to get by: New York has an outrageously high cost of living. And if you’re having trouble keeping up with this cost, then leaving might be your best option. Moving somewhere else could often cut your costs dramatically.
Your bad days are more frequent than your good ones: Bad days in New York are terrible, but good days are near euphoric. But when bad days become daily and you find yourself focusing on the negative, then you might need to change something.
Your mental or physical health is hurting: Studies say that one in five New Yorkers suffer from some sort of mental health disorder. In a city of 8 million, it’s still pretty easy to feel lonely, and even more easy to feel overwhelmed. This can take a toll on your mental and physical health.
You don’t feel anything looking at the skyline: New York’s skyline is easily one of its most unique and exciting factors. When you don’t feel inspired any more after looking at the skyline, that might be a sign that you should move on.