The City and The Rural Country – Best of Both Worlds

It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful city lights can be. I can see why so many people find themselves drawn to the city. Don’t get me wrong; I’m a country girl. But I see nothing wrong with liking both because the city has so many things to offer just like the country does. It boils down to personal preference. But the cool thing about enjoying both is that each sector provides different things. The city offers more conveniences than the country does. The town offers shops, convenience stores, and even coffee if you think about it. Even though I’m not a coffee drinker, most of my friends are, and believe me when I tell you; it’s a bad thing if they don’t get a coffee. Years ago, I worked for Starbucks, and I’m not too fond of coffee, but I wanted to work for that company, and I’m glad I did.

One of the best things about the city lights is during the holiday season. Many towns decorate for whichever holiday occurs, but just about every city decorates for Christmas. The Christmas and Hanukkah season is incredible to view. People tend to be a little nicer during that time of year, and if you have the opportunity to go to a tree lighting ceremony in your local towns, you know what I’m talking about when I say it is pure magic. The country has a lot of cool things about it, but the city – when everybody comes together is something that we treasure. The gathering promotes a sense of unity and community. The country offers things that the city doesn’t because hayrides, lots of farming, and incredible views continue to show the hard work and pride that help make this world better. There is something about the country’s fresh air that the city can’t quite match, but there’s also something about the enticing scents of the city. Both areas have many good qualities about them.

One of my favorite things to do is to see the lights downtown when it’s time for the holidays. Every year the setup is different, and it’s interesting to see how the designs look. During the Christmas season, you’ll see a lot of street vendors selling the local chestnuts or other seasonal nicknames that are hard to find in stores. It’s a chance for the local artisans to get their crafts outs and establish their presence in their communities. I prefer to purchase from a local artisan than a big-name store anyway. The items they sell might be a little pricier, but the quality will more than likely be better than what local stores offer. Plus, originality has a uniqueness that the bigger stores have more difficulty duplicating. You might find cheaper crafts in the bigger stores, but the quality won’t be anywhere near the same.

A friend of mine recently said to me that 1 of the reasons that I liked both the city and the country was because I could have nature in the country and have civilization in the town. I guess it depends on what part of the world you live in because many places in the city have a lot of country aspects to them. When we were still together, my ex-husband and I were driving through the town of Lenoir, NC, and it was a fairly populated city, so imagine our surprise when we saw a cow standing on the side of the road with all of these industrial parks around it. When I was in Anchorage, Alaska, I noticed that a moose was at a local McDonald’s drive-through. We live with nature, so scenes like this are not always uncommon. And the more the man builds and takes away the forests, the less the wildlife has places to go, so we are invading their homes – not the other way around. The chances are high that you won’t find an apple pie in the city that will taste like a country pie. And vice versa. There are dishes, crafts, music, and artifacts unique to the city and the country. Perhaps that’s why so many folks enjoy both environments.

The other thing I love about the city is how accessible everything is because in the country you have to make plans to get what you need or do without it. Many people stockpiled on toilet paper when the pandemic first hit, and people thought that they were hoarders. They were, but the downside is that you are at the mercy of everything and everybody else if you don’t stalk up when you live in rural areas. While I disagree with how many folks hoard, I understand the rationale. I saw a documentary on folks living in rural Alaska and how they stock up on supplies because getting to stores is not always straightforward. There are several parts of the world where this issue is the norm.

No matter where your preference to live or visit, there is a straightforward truth that most people agree on: the home is where we choose to be, and not necessarily a physical place. My heart belongs in the mountains, which is an integral part of my being, but I don’t live there. It’s possible to have more than one area that you love. After all, we aren’t made of one thing only. Perhaps that’s why we are more complex than our bodies reveal. Homes and hearts make up an integral part of our core. When you have a few moments, use some time to soak in the sights and sounds around you. Try to see the world in a different set of lenses and see for yourself why people love the various terrains. I’m happy in both the city and country parts of the world. The country provides a little more peace, but the city offers the adventure I crave. I hope you can enjoy both as well. Have a great day, everyone.

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