So I’ve lived in the city for almost eight months now and I’m really just starting to get used to it. Obviously it has its drawbacks but so does living in a rural area. What are some of the benefits I’m appreciating right now?
- If I want to go to a concert, I can just hop on the bus and go that night. I don’t have to plan two days so I can travel to the city (what used to be a four hour drive), watch the concert in the evening, stay in a hotel and drive home the next day. It’s actually amazing. So far this year I’ve seen both Handel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony live. For a classical music lover like myself, seeing pieces I’ve listened to over and over on CDs being performed live has been exhilarating.
- You can get food pretty much any time you feel like it. Feel like eating Subway at 11:00pm? Well, there’s one down the street from my apartment. Want to watch a movie at 1:00am because of your insomnia and you don’t have any snack foods? There are 24/7 convenience stores located close by. In my hometown everything closes down at 6:00pm but in the city, you can pretty much guarantee something is going to be open at all hours of the night.
- Not having to travel for everything. If I wanted to go clothes shopping back home, I’d have to drive an hour to the nearest large town. In the city, I just ride the bus for 10 minutes and stop at one of the four main malls. Of course this has been a big temptation when it comes to book shopping since there’s an enormous Indigo store right next to one of the malls. As if I didn’t have enough books already.
- Racism, misogyny and homophobia are far less commmon. Of course, wherever there are human beings there will always be discrimination but I find that it’s a little less common here in the city because of the more diverse population. And it helps that the city is large enough that when you do find a horribly prejudiced person you can easily avoid them (unless you work with them). In a small town, you’d encounter that person constantly. It’s a really nice change.
As I said, city life isn’t perfect (the air quality leaves something to be desired) but I’m so much happier than I ever was in my hometown. Getting away from rural life has been the best decision I’ve ever made.