No matter what size our homes are, we need others in our lives. Choosing where we live is as important in that equation as choosing how we live. Finding a place that suits us, where we can connect with others, where others are willing to connect with us. For some, that’s a large city. For many, that’s a more rural setting. For me, it’s not only choosing rural over city dwelling, but also choosing a place where people are open to outsiders and new ideas.
Nine months ago I moved to a community I thought I could settle in. I moved into a small rental (600 sq ft) and began to explore the area. Over time I learned that I would rather, in this area, live in a large city than in a more rural community because the smaller communities are resistant to newcomers. The city welcomes them. City life isn’t for me. Yet here that’s where I would be happiest, because it is where I would feel most connected.
I’ve spent enough time in the area I’ll be moving to that I know people are more open and welcoming in rural areas there. I’ve missed that. It will be good to be “home.”