Moving into a Small Town
The most ambitious people live in the city. In your opinion, how true is this statement? The city offers a fast-paced life. This is why people prefer to live here, and yet, this is also exactly why people choose living in a small town. If you’re living in the city and is now considering to move out, you will find that while you’re sure to make major adjustments, living in a small town is not exactly unbearable as you thought it would be.
If you’ve known the small town where you’re moving as a place where you grew up, or if you’ve lived there before, you will find that everything is not as unfamiliar and strange. Small towns usually have lower levels of pollution, less complicated policies, and more often than not, better relationships between neighbors. These do not apply to all cases. But when it does, it’s when small towns are believed to be more capable to give you a more “peaceful” life. And this is why some people find happiness in that small corner of the world.
Don’t cut your connection from the rest of the world. There’s Internet and cable plus a lot of other modern things which you can subscribe to, to make sure that you’re always in the loop. Know what’s happening in the world so you won’t feel like an exile. Subscribe to at least one big city newspaper so you will always be updated with what’s happening in the place where you used to live.
Be involved. Small towns are in a state of expansion and development. They need modern thinkers like you who can lead them to more advanced ways of doing things. Volunteer your talent to initiatives of churches, hospitals, and fire brigades. Doing this will make you more committed to your community and will help you appreciate your new home.
Be wary of traditions. Small towns pride themselves in a handful of traditions so be prepared to adjust yourself to some of them. Small towns might also have festivities and celebrations at least once a year. No matter how crazy the fest might be, just be open. Remember, you’re part of it now.
Lean back and enjoy the quiet life. Small towns would have their own ways of handling things. If being a city slicker has created in you a sense of “always action” then be prepared to have a more laid back experience in a small town.
Some of my favorite small towns and cities.
- Solvang, California
- Big Bear Lake California
- Lake Arrowhead California
July 29, 2008 Tuesday at 4:25 pm