Samuel Johnson wrote: “When a man is tired of London he is tired of life, for there is in London all that life can afford”. I find myself thinking about that quote as I get ready to visit the Big Smoke tomorrow for a few hours for a long overdue catch up with a friend.
I loved my years in London. I had amazing jobs, fantastic social life and lived in some pretty wonderful central locations. I worked long hours and extremely hard but loved every second. Life was great. I met some interesting people who have added such value to my life and I lived life to the full. I had some experiences both good and bad that only life in a capital city can offer.
When I moved to the country it took a lot of getting used to. The pace of life seemed so slow. People didn’t seem to do much unless it was a weekend and the “buzz” seemed missing. It took me a long time to adjust. I still don’t think I have in some ways.
Every time I go back for a visit (which is not as often as I would like) I leave determined to move back. I don’t know if I will, but I love living with the possibility that I could do if I wanted to.
So as I think about tomorrow and we plan what to do with our few hours, I think of Samuel Johnson’s quote and realise that I don’t think I will ever tire of the wonderful City I love so much and that gave me a home for so many happy years.