Would you Prefer City or Country Living?
We’ve all heard of the phrase ‘The grass is always greener’, haven’t we? Well I suppose when it comes to the thought of countryside living it probably is, at least it is if we are talking in literal terms. I currently live in a smallish town on the edge of the countryside. I like to think it gives me everything I could want, a happy medium where I still have easy access to shops and schools, while at the same time being close enough to the hills to enjoy the lovely surroundings of the open countryside.
At times though, I do still get tempted to move even further out into the countryside, perhaps to a nice little village somewhere. I used to do a lot of work in these nice little countryside villages and the peace and serenity the residents enjoyed always really appealed to me. There was also a real community feel to them with a true focus on community, local produce and the support of local business. I really like that kind of thing.
As much as the idea appeals, however, I can’t help but wonder if I would get a little bored with the lack of bustle in such a quiet village. Maybe it would just take some time to get used to it but I have to admit that I quite enjoy the bustle of living in a place that is just that little bit busier and bigger.
For some people, the idea of living in the countryside could be their worst nightmare, with life in the city being their dream. In some ways I can see the attraction, especially when you visit cities like London for a weekend break. There always seems to be something exciting going on and there are many events that I’d like to experience if I were to live in a place like London. My wife and I spent a few days in London recently and as much as it was a great trip, I have to admit that I did find myself craving the peace and quiet of home again. When I was younger, I never thought I’d hear myself saying those words but I think living close to the countryside, as we have for many years now, really does change you as a person. Perhaps if I ever do make the move even further out into the open country, it will change me even more, and I’d then find my current surroundings ‘too loud’.
I realise that this post has gone off on a little bit of a tangent, having no real point to it, a true blog post you might say. I just thought it can be nice sometimes to think about the future and of where you might see yourself in a few years’ time. So, what would be your dream? Would it be life in a bustling city? Or, would you prefer to be surrounded by sheep, cows and rolling hills?
For me, I think that ‘true’ countryside living will remain a dream for the time being, probably until the kids are older and have flown the nest. I’d like to think I’ll get there eventually, though, hopefully at a time when I can truly enjoy the peaceful surroundings on offer and not long for a little more bustle.