This is I, practicing my violin in New York City, 1973, at the age of 27:
When I returned to Hawaii in 1975, after seven years abroad, I was shocked by how provincial Hawaii was. My life in New York City seemed so much more exciting, because I got to see so many famous stars performing on stage. I was tempted to return to NYC, but I was too ill to do anything about it.
Now, it is 2016. I have adjusted to the slow pace in Hawaii. I can’t imagine living anywhere else, especially since I enjoy being with my family, friends, and classmates.
David and I subscribe to twelve symphony concerts and to three operas per year. We both studied classical music in college and played musical instruments in the college orchestra. We met for the first time at a music rehearsal, and he offered to drive me home after each rehearsal. Three years after we met, we married.
I want to live in Hawaii for the rest of my life, as I have a very comfortable existence here. I don’t yearn for anything better than what I already have.