Why I Moved to the Countryside

I cannot deny that the city has a lot of things that makes life convenient, but what do you exchange for that convenience, and when all that no longer matters should you move to a more rural area? For the most of the earlier years in my life I’ve lived in the city, everything the city provided was something that I thought to be normal, both the good and the bad. But as time passed by I traveled more and discovered that some of the things I thought were just normal part of daily life was not.

In the city, it’s just loud most of the time, the only time you have a bit of silence is during the night. Sure you could definitely just lock yourself in a room with the windows closed and you get a bit of quiet, but that completely depend on your neighbors, and not to mention that is not really the peace and quiet I am after. When I visited a relative at the countryside, I found the peace that I wanted, that feeling of just walking during a nice day and only hearing the rustling of the trees and the wind blowing through. That was something you can hardly ever find in the city.

Of course you can avoid the noise of the city by moving to the suburbs, but that just brings us to another problem you face in the city. When you need to get in the city, or even when you are in the city, you need to take account your travel time along with the time it takes to get through traffic. The traffic in the city eats up little chunks of your time in a good day, and on a bad day you’re better off just walking. This is hardly ever a problem in rural areas, you might argue though that places are far from each other, like your farm or cabin to the store at town, but since traffic is almost none existent, everything is just a few minutes’ drive away.

One thing that occurs more in cities is crime, of course there are also bad people in the countryside, but unlike in the city you can take it easy and not worry too much about things like getting robbed or broken into, in some rural areas, there are so few people that everyone knows each other, with a community like that the worst crimes that could happen are a few kids doing some pranks. It is important to be always cautious and vigilant, but personally I think that the fear of criminals as a norm is just not living a good life.

These and a few more hassles that city living has made me decide to move to a more rural place to live in, if I ever need to go to the city and have a little fun that only the city could provide then I will go on a vacation there, but when it comes to living my daily life, I prefer the relaxed, quiet, and safe life that the countryside provides.

Why I Love Living in the Countryside

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So it has been a few months since I moved to the countryside, at first I thought that I would have a hard time adjusting to living in a place so rural, but it seems as though that I have no problem living my life here, as it is just so much more relaxing here. Though I wake up more early to work on a few things on the farm, I found that I didn’t have to force myself to get up from my bead nor set an alarm to do so, unlike when I was living in the city. I then realized a few things about living in the countryside that I love.

Every morning I somehow wake up early, I don’t l know if it’s because I sleep earlier now or because the morning sunlight is like a gentle wakeup call that makes things a lot more relaxing to wake up to. But doing so makes me feel more productive, even if I really didn’t have to do much that day. The fact that I start my day fully rested and wakeup to the beautiful countryside scenery, I get the feeling that everything and anything is possible.

I work at home now. Aside from my farming, I still do work on a few projects sometimes to make sure I can keep lights on, though nowadays instead of going to a big building surrounded with deadlines and stressed out people, I am at home surrounded by fresh air and relaxing scenery. I somehow feel more productive now, I am doing my tasks and plans so efficiently that often I think to myself why don’t more people start living a more relaxed life like this, of course a lot of planning and a bit of money is need to do this though.

I no longer hate Mondays, nor do I hate any other day of the week. Every new day starting is a new day of adventure and challenges. And unlike when I was living in the city, challenges are not daily or weekly struggles that force you to drain all your energy on grinding. These challenges give you a sense of accomplishment, that is quite different from accomplishing things in the city which seems like just the end of one task among more endless amount of tasks that comes your way, I believe they call it the rat race.

Good food that you don’t have to pay a lot of money (often times too much money) for, is one of the perks of living in a rural area. Aside from the organic food I grow, the stuff I get in town are locally grown and raised, giving you a sense of security when it comes where your food comes from.

And the most wonderful thing about living in the countryside, at least for me, is that there is no reason to rush. There is no traffic to worry about when getting to places and people tend to go on their own pace but everything is done on time at the right time. This is somewhat freeing, as I am not a hostage to a schedule, not my own, and not anyone else’s.

These are but a few things that I love about living in a rural area, there is a lot more to appreciate in the countryside. Give it a shot, I am quite sure that you will love it!