There things in this life some insignificant others obvious that bring a quality of life aspect to the discoverer of them. For instance, if you have ever had tree, vine or bush-ripened fruit where when picked is at the height of its being in taste and satisfaction store-bought produce pales in contrast
For opportunites, social activities, employment and the access to multiple places of interest, the big city life contiues to beckon, attract and maintain for those that want it. However if you have ever visited with a reduced version of what I described above, it offers another set of pay-offs
HOW SMALL IS SMALL?
To make the point, I live in a city of 335,000 people surrounded by large or larger adjacent cities with similar populations that connnect via streets and freeways. It all comes into question at certain times better known as traffic jams, pollutions, noise and general rat-race activities
IF THAT IS WHAT YOU WANT...IT WORKS!
In these giant mazes of activity, there are pockets of quiet, parks, miscellaneous activiies, school and eatery choices some upscale that make wanting to live there desireable so big city life goes on. Comfort zones are hard to break especially as you age. But what about the alternatives?
I am moving to a city of 35,000 people surrounded by mountains, the four seasons, multiple outdoor activities with little or no pollutions such as noise or traffic and the elevation is around 6000 feet above sea level. Insects and pollen for this area are diminished to minimum existence
HAS ALL THE OFFERINGS
In small town living, nothing could exist unless it met the needs of those living there. Word of mouth would end your existence or preserve it. Consider restaurants, retailers, purveyers of goods & services all maintain a standard of excellence based on results. If they didn't they would die off
You get the home baked goodies like breads, jams, home grown fruits and vegetables plus a sort of pride of caring in the selling and buying of these things. Gatherings, festivals, special occasions all become the talk of the town and the residents look forward and support it every year after year
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS
What really matters to a person is private and subjective. Life is designed exactly for that. If one goes to seek their fortune, finds opportunities, mines them and then wants to retire, choosing a simple and satisfying lifestyle is the way to go. Less becomes more in a mysterious way
TRAFFIC and NOISE
I am reminded of these things I speak of everytime I go to travel the freeways to get to the different places. What should normally take 10-40 minutes has evolved into 20 minutes to 2 hours in some cases. I can help but notice how land-locked everything is. One accident causes hours of delay. In fact if a big rig was placed to block traffic on every freeway, the whole area standstills
THIRD OF AMERICA IS RETIRING
Fascinating circumstances are about. Those that bought a home 10-20 or 30 years ago and want to retire find themsleves equity rich allowing them to look around for a retirement location to their liking. Of course buying them out is the next generation of opportunity seekers. Life goes on
THE CHARM OF IT ALL
Decades ago, across this nation, the many discovered how pleasant it was to sit on their front porches and spend hours out there while others strolled by and greeted each other. Today, it is reversed with people living within walls and yards coming out only for mostly function
WHAT ELSE IS THERE?
Being safe, relaxed and under no abnormal stress, knowing your neighbors, area and places of interest all done in its natural timing. Add family friends and some chosen adventures and such is life...simple as that.