SHOULD YOU MOVE TO THE COUNTRY?
See this list of comparisons between country living and suburban/city living!
HOW IS COUNTRY LIVING DIFFERENT FROM THE SUBURBS/CITY?
1) Closer to wildlife further from wild people. There are still dangers in the country just different ones. Wildlife like mountain lions (otherwise known as pumas and cougars) are prevalent in many rural areas, as well as bears, coyotes, and wolves to name the larger predators. Even rabbits and deer can be predators to your garden crops! But I will still take my chances with wildlife as there is also an ethereal beauty to their presence and sounds.
2) More dirt and gravel roads, less pavement. There is a charm to these country roads that captures my heart. My boots may be dusty or mud caked but that just makes me feel more connected to my time spent outdoors.
3) More boots than shoes. Boots are not just country fashion they are the practical footwear. It’s safer and easier to walk on rough terrain with boots. Boots protect your ankles and help prevent dirt and debris from getting into your socks. My boots are Durangos that have a steel shank throughout the sole and steel toes. No rocks or anything sharp are felt which is completely opposite of sneakers and sandals.
4) More mud and dust but less unsanitary items. There is no chewed gum on the sidewalks, trash on the ground and dangerous things like used needles that are common in densely populated areas. I prefer natural grit any day to the unsanitary nature of populated areas.
5) More trucks less cars. For practical reasons country folk drive bigger vehicles. Cars are too low to the ground. Trucks traverse over rough terrain, ice and snow better. We do bigger shopping at once for food, farm supplies, gardening, lumber, etc. We need to haul it all back with a large vehicle.
6) More stars less street lights. There is little to no light pollution in the countryside. We experience the starry night sky in all it’s glory and shooting stars are a common sight! You become familiar with the constellations and what time of night the stars are in what part of the sky.
7) More campfires, less going out to spend money for fun. There is nothing like the comfort and relaxation around a campfire against a serene starry sky. The embers float upward as we stroke the fire, our toes toast and our cheeks chill in the night air. Leaning back in our chairs to take in the sights, our conversations weave in and out of deep sharing and bursts of laughter from inevitable hilarity.
8) More deer less traffic. Night driving is dangerous as deer are easy to hit at night in the dark non-lit roads. Hitting a deer can ruin even a large truck and hurt someone. They can easily go through the windshield and it can be deadly. We tend to hunker down at night and spend our time nestled safely at home.
9) More mobile/manufactured homes, less houses that are typical in neighborhoods. There are more manufactured homes on rural acreage than you see within city limits. These are commonplace and just a part of the normal rural landscape of the type of houses you see.
10) More freedom; less restrictions or no restrictions. The zoning for rural areas determines what you can and can not do on your property. Typically, there are no HOA fees, no limits on producing food, collecting rainwater, having solar power, and in general, being off grid.
11) More variation, less cookie cutter. Freedom and lack of restrictive rules means people can have different styles of houses and decorate as they want. We can park RVs, boats and other toys on our driveways or anywhere on our land. But it also means people can junk up their properties. The countryside is an eclectic mix of beautifully kept properties and junky properties.
12) More nature sounds; less noise. You hear a lot more insects, birds, cows, howling, owls hooting, and guard dogs barking in the country, and you even have farm equipment, but with large acreage it’s not right in your face. Neighborhoods can mean lawn crews using blowers and mowers right outside your windows every week for hours on end. You can hear the neighbor’s TV, their conversations, and their music. Other common noise is cars playing loud music driving by, motorcycles coming and going, delivery trucks, garbage trucks, recycle trucks, airplanes, trains, neighbor kids, road crews with machinery, etc.
13) More outdoor work, less indoor living. Country people like working on their land and the projects they’re interested in. Outdoor work is constructive and produces something, it’s not just “maintenance” although we have that. We enjoy our creative outdoor work. Neighborhoods and cities have little to no area for you to be creative and work outdoors. Outdoors spaces are usually maintained for you and offer a space just to socialize without much space to adventure for children.
14) More preparedness, less living on whims. Some people say out in the country we don’t have “conveniences” but we already perceive those conveniences as something only people who don’t plan need to have. We plan to already have what we need, instead of needing something we don’t have on a moments notice. We prepare for situations. Long term survival preparedness is done for societal collapse. Short term is done for shorter term like power outages that are common. We don’t live by emotional whims that we would need to be close to anything and everything. We don’t get so low on something we drop into a store for one item. So the “convenience” factor isn’t a con to us.
15) More safety less crime. Rural neighbors tend to be a tight knit community who look out for each other. Country people don’t tolerate criminal activity lurking around their properties. We have guard dogs and we believe in the 2nd amendment.
16) More calm pace, less rushing. We don’t go places every single day. The pace is just calmer.
17) More activity less busy. We tend to be very active people doing our projects and improving our properties and producing something for our businesses. But we aren’t “busy”. We aren’t rushing around or hurried by other people, sitting in traffic, running errands constantly and meeting people at restaurants for socialization.
18) More meaningful socializing and less trite interactions. We are often with other people, we tend to know them well and have deeper relationships with those we do know. We just don’t have a constant stream of strangers around and we know being around crowds doesn’t equate to being more socialized. We go to church several times a week, work in ministry in the community, participate in local events, farmers markets, seasonal outings, have meals with neighbors, etc.
19) More family, less friends emphasis. We have friends in the countryside. But when people say we are more “isolated” we don’t understand because we are home with our families more than most people in cities. Husbands and wives spend time together not with separate friends. Parents spend time with their children. Suburban and city children tend to spend more time in daycare, school, then after school lessons/activities. The family is an inter-generational social unit. Our primary socializing daily is with our families and it is richer and more nurtured than most people’s families in the cities who live very separate lives.
20) More polite, less anonymous. Your reputation matters in the countryside because you are not an anonymous person who can just act rude to the cashier and disappear into a sea of humanity and never be held accountable. We know who we all are and it makes us all treat each other with more respect and kindness.
21) More play, less pressure. Kids get to be kids in the country. They build forts, run around in open fields and the woods, build things, climb trees, have amazing nature for their toys and games, and they have more uninterrupted play time to be imaginative, ponder, experience God and feel independent. City kids tend to be shuffled from structured activity to activity with some kind of pressure to get better at something that is performance based. They tend to be indoors more and lack the fresh air and natural beauty around them to intake and be free in.
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