Would you rather live in the city or country? I was having a conversation with my friend the other day. We were visiting a rural area at the time and I remarked that there was something so peaceful about the countryside and how lovely it would be to live there. It was so expansive, so quiet, insects buzzing in the air, sun casting rays that turned mundane objects into idyllic and romantic items straight out of a fairytale.
My friend turned to me and wrinkled her nose. ‘No. It’s too quiet and empty. There are, like, no shops around here. It’s like we are far away from civilization. I mean, there are hardly any people!’
I provided no rejoinder to that. However, inside, I was having a secret chuckle to myself. It was funny how everything which she had mentioned as being distasteful aspects of the countryside were all the things that made me adore it.
I don’t like highways. The rushing noise. The cars whipping past you in a frenzy.
I don’t like tall, grey skyscrapers. They stare down at you, imposing. They block out the beautiful sky. They keep you locked in.
Cities are choked in concrete. It makes me feel like I can’t breathe sometimes.
People are everywhere. You can’t avoid them. They mill through the stores, walk the streets, sit down at cafes. For someone with social anxiety, that can be a nightmare.
The country is a soft, idyllic place. Perhaps that is just my idealism making me view it through rose-coloured glasses, but there is something so immensely soothing about the country.
During my trip, we stayed at this darling little cottage. It was my dream come true, I felt like I was inside the book ‘House on the Prairie’. I sat in trees with great, sweeping boughs and read to my heart’s content, the breeze tangling my hair and the sun kissing my cheeks. I woke up to the sounds of birds trilling. But the greatest thing of all was when I ventured outside one night. In the city, we often forget the look at the stars. Perhaps, sometimes we can’t even see them, what with the pollution and the towering buildings. But in the countryside, the stars were spread out before me upon the heavens, scattered like diamonds.
And as I watched the stars, something deep inside me which had been wound up tight for a long time released. The most wondrous peace radiated through my body. And I was incandescently happy, engulfed in the enormity and magnificence of the universe.
What about you? Do you prefer the country or the city? I’d love to know.