Moving To A Small Town
If you grew up amidst the big city lights but are now considering a move to a small town in order to slow down and enjoy life, read on first! For those of you who live in a small town or grew up in a small town, this post is for you.
How Small A Town Are We Talking?
The population of some small towns can equal the number of students you went to high school with. To put it into numbers, Carolynne and I lived in a town of 800 people for almost three years. This way of life comes with its own pros and cons and is definitely not for everyone. Someone who is used to “big city life” would most likely have a tough adjustment period to the small town life.
Small Towns Are Communities
In big cities the social problems of homelessness, crime and violence are often prevalent. You might be shocked to know that these things are somewhat nonexistent in small towns. Of course you may see cases of minor disturbances or family disruption, but generally speaking small towns are much safer. It makes sense if you stop to think about it. In small towns, everyone knows everyone. If you aren’t related to someone, you most likely know them through association. There may be only one or two schools, businesses, or social gathering places in the whole town, so chances are you are going to bump into everyone eventually. If you move to a small town where you are previously unknown, like we did, you might gain a celebrity status or at least start to feel like one. People will want to find out all about you and get to know your story in very short order.
Benefits Of Small Town Living…
Having different concerns than a city, small town dwellers can surprise you with their positive personality traits. At first you may wonder why they are a little intrusive – wanting to know so much about you and be a part of your life – but this is because they actually care. If they think you need it, they will offer a helping hand or a warm meal. You cannot pass a person on the street or in a store without them saying hello. It comes as second nature to them – unlike the “put your head down and ignore” instinct you witness in cities, where people always seem too busy to notice anyone else. Sometimes, the unique level of friendliness takes some getting used to, since you probably have never had to deal with getting called “my dear” by someone outside your immediate family before. Small towns can be very trusting and offer a peace of mind. We didn’t lock our front doors in over two years, and the locals even left the keys in their vehicles. That level of trust is non-exisitent in a large city.
What Are The Challenges?
Isolation is the biggest challenge in a small town. If you are used to constant activity or hustle and bustle, the slower pace of small towns may lead you to boredom. You may not enjoy having to drive long distances and many hours to get to city centers for items you used to just pick up at the corner store. In the big city you often take for granted that you can buy items just down the block. It all depends on your personality. If you enjoy peace and quiet, fresh air and easy-going situations, then you will thrive.
In small towns, people who work together often become an extended family and develop close bonds. Social gatherings can be limited to small dinners or drinks around a backyard bonfire to community events like comedy shows and dances. When you reflect on your time spent in a small town, it doesn’t take long to feel a strong connection to the land and the people of these scenic places.
Have you ever lived in a small town? We do miss it sometimes now that we live in the big city of Vancouver. We look forward to once again living in a small town later in life.
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