There are some days that make you fall in love all over again with your hometown. For me, Wednesday was one of them.
It started with a visit to Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, where I joined hundreds of fellow hospitality professionals for NYC & Company’s annual meeting.
Speaking of new finds, my next stop was the Museum of Art and Design in Columbus Circle, where I met up with business associate Andrea. We headed up to Robert, the museum’s penthouse restaurant with fantastic views and a sleek, modern décor that still manages to be both warm and inviting.
Andrea shared the news that she recently married, which led to a lively conversation about the unexpected journey to finding Mr. Right.
Andrea met her hubby on JDate a year ago, admitting that on paper, he seemed completely different from her usual type. She decided to give him a chance despite opposite schedules and some challenges from living in different boroughs (he’s a Brooklynite, she lives in Manhattan). She said the right relationship is worth the effort — and it tends to happen pretty quickly when you come upon it.
My friend Rachel would no doubt agree with her. When I caught up with Rachel in London last August, she was single and not dating. Just six months later, she’s engaged and planning a 2014 wedding.
Andrea and Rachel are about ten years apart in age, which I can’t help viewing as an encouraging reminder that — contrary to how single women over 35 are often portrayed in the media — there’s no expiration date when it comes to finding love. You just have to keep yourself open to it. That and embracing the digital possibilities for romance today.