10 July 2013

City vs. Country life.


I have always lived in the Evergreen state and being from a suburb in Seattle, I am used to lush green forests and trees, big beautiful mountains, and what feels like an unlimited amount of natural lakes. We also live super close to the Puget Sound and Pacific Ocean. I would be lying if I said that I didn't love the scenery here, it really is gorgeous. But life near a major city is also stressful. Seattle is homebase to major corporations like Microsoft, Amazon.com, T-Mobile, Expedia, Nintendo... etc... which draws a lot of people here. That isn't always a bad thing, I mean, my Husband loves it because he knows that he will always have a job in his field. But the over-populated communities, the traffic.... OH THE TRAFFIC (shoot me now!), and the fast-paced mind set can be exhausting. Granted, I don't life IN the city of Seattle, but I have always lived in a fairly large suburb of it, and life has always felt so hectic. I've never enjoyed that feeling. So when we got pregnant with Easton, we moved out to a smaller town, but even now, I feel the trickle down of the big city.

My Husband is from Southeast Idaho, and I had a running joke with my sister-in-law Nichole, that every photo or video I took while we were there, made it look so "red neck". The first time she said that, I laughed and told her that I wasn't staging anything, I was simply photographing what was there. And truthfully, the town my Husband is from, is a tiny little podunk town, and so life is sorta red-necky there. It's vast with farms and livestock, most people own tractors. There are tons of small family owned businesses, a lot of the buildings are old and rundown, and there's only one high school that all the kids attend. It's not uncommon for people to drive into town on an ATV (ahem, Philip's Dad), the goats getting loose and wondering the streets is normal, and people have and shoot guns regularly (GASP!). All of this is so foreign to me, but if I'm being honest, I like it.

Idaho doesn't have the beautiful green landscape that I love in Washington, in fact, it's kinda ugly and brown. But what it lacks in scenery, it makes up for in quality of life, in my opinion, of course ;-).  Things aren't as busy, people are more laid back, and life just seems... simpler. People seem to be less concerned with the material things of the world, and more happy just being with their friends and family. There is something to be said about that. Actually, there's a lot to be said about that.

Obviously, I haven't actually lived there before, so who knows if I'd be there (or somewhere like it), but it really is appealing sometimes. I'm just not a city girl. I like going to the city, but I need quiet.

And all this isn't to say that I'm going to pack up my family and move to Idaho, but I'm saying that I wouldn't mind it one day.  If anything, it makes me want to slow down a little and just enjoy life a little more. Ya know?

What are your thoughts? Are you city people? Or do you prefer the country?


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15 comments:

Olivia Grace said...

I'm a country girl through and through. I lived in the big city for about 10 years before moving home with my newborn baby and I haven't looked back since. There's a quiet, peaceful flow to life here. No one cares what you HAVE, it's all about who you are, inside. There's an amazing sense of community here and life is just slow and easy. Beautiful photos, looks like you caught some amazing sunsets!

Sarah [NurseLovesFarmer.com] said...

We're all country here. I grew up in a small town outside of Edmonton (capital of Alberta - that's in Canada ;) just teasing!) and I enjoyed going to university in the city, though Edmonton is a relatively small city, I enjoyed the conveniences of owning a condo and having everything within a 5 minute drive...but I'm glad my time in the city is done. I wouldn't trade our country/farming life for the world. Wide open skies, marshmallowy clouds, bright yellow canola fields, a view of the Rocky Mountains on a clear, crisp morning... Bliss!

Amber said...

Country girl. I live just outside of a small "village" in Michigan, across the road from the house I grew up in. I moved away for two years to Pittsburgh to attend college, it was just long enough to know that "home" is where I wanted to be. I am not a city girl. I will happily visit and then come right back home to my house in the middle of 180 acres of corn, wheat & beans! Country living, the peacefulness of it is totally worth it. I enjoy being from/living in a town where I know 2/3 of the people I run into at the gas station/bank/post office! :)

Devon Nicholls said...

I'm always torn. I'm a country girl born and raised in Montana. But I love ALL the stuff there is to do in the big city! If you love scenery and the small town atmosphere, you should visit Montana sometime. It's the perfect combo of those items!

Toyota Smith said...

I am from England and I think British countryside is so different from US countryside. In the UK cities are relatively close to countryside in comparison the the US but I'm guessing that's because we are tiny as a country. I class myself as a country girl but I think if I was as rural as some places are then I would go nuts!! Looks pretty though

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aimymichelle said...

i'm not nessicarily a country person or a city person. i don't really feel like i live in the city in west seattle. but i know i'd get bored in the middle of no where.

Amber said...

I'm a definite city girl. I enjoy looking at the gorgeousness of country too though. However, I prefer to be in the hustle & bustle :)

Drama Queens Mum (Kimberly) said...

I think I am more into country life now. I grew up in the suburbs of Boston. So more city than where I live now. The people in the city were more uptight & rude. Always in a hurry & crazy drivers. We now live in NH & we are more in the country. I feel much more relaxed, especially driving. I love visiting the city though.

Mandey Ejiasi said...

The small town, country living like this is just like where I grew up. And I miss it. Well, I don't miss the small minded people, rumors and judging that can ultimately come with small town life (coming from a tattooed mom in an interracial marriage *ahem*) but I do miss the slower paced, quiet life. I miss the country, not having neighbors, everything is just generally more relaxed.

Cheryl Enlow said...

These photos are gorgeous!!

I am a city girl but it is nice to get out into the country and unwind and disconnect.

The girls said...

Cities are okay, for vacations. However, I like the quiet of not being in a city and having your neighbors right on top of you. The slower pace, the slower traffic - I guess I like things slow. But really, as long as there is a Target close by, I'm all set.

Jordan said...

That looks like my small town. While the country is great, I'd love to live in NYC (or a big city like that) for a couple years.

Gemma said...

I've lived in both the city and the country (in the uk) and right now for us the country is where we are at, at this stage of our lives. But one day we may own a small apartment in the city also which would be a happy medium.

Amber Gregory said...

I have lived in the suburbs or cities for all but one year of my life. I am really uncomfortable with silence. I literally cannot sleep if there isn't white noise. That said -- I really crave a less urban life.

Kristyn Assise said...

The sky is so gorgeous! You take stunning photos.

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