Farming Friday: Peace of Mind Between Rural and City Living

Farming Friday: Peace of Mind Between Rural and City Living

If you google living in country vs. city then you will likely be directed to some links that compare and contrast the pros and cons of the two lifestyles. In a nut shell, each link will talk about cost of living, community, culture, health, and peace of mind. Some of the statements hold water, and some are Missouri river levees. I feel that I am someone in a good position to analyze these claims, seeing as how I haven’t lived in the country for six years now.

It is true, living in more rural communities does cost less. It’s simple supply and demand economics. More people in an area = more demand for less space, so the price of space goes up. Duh. BUT! Living in town does have more conveniences in closer proximity.

There is a better sense of community in the country. People are closer knit and rely more on each other. People are also less likely to rip off someone they’ve known their whole life and much more likely to help them. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t great little communities in cities.

There is more culture in cities, jobs too. That comes with more people and greater diversity. Health might be a bit subjective, but I’ll grant that fitness facilities are much more accessible in town. Most who live in the country aren’t farmers who are out working manual labor 12 hours a day.

What really churned the wheels in my little noggin was some of the peace of mind comments. I begin to strongly object here. I may have been born and raised in the country, but peace of mind can be found anywhere, just like happiness. It all just depends on your preferences. The articles made it seem like peace of mind came through tranquility and nature. That may be the case for some, but it s not a necessity. You can live like a recluse in a city, in fact sometimes I think it is easier. You don’t have to live in the middle of nowhere to find peace of mind. It all just depends on your outlook.


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