Hello, everyone! How are you? Personally I’ve been dealing with the valleys in life rather than the peaks the past few weeks. I’m finally done working overnights! Getting home before the sunrise was like seeing it backwards.
Anyhow, I would love for this post to become an open discussion: city life vs. country life. I’ve been thinking lately, “When did nature become so unnatural??” Let me explain.
In regards to life’s valleys – my mortgage company decided to pull a little stunt; it hasn’t been a great week. Actually their little stunt landed me in the bank manager’s office (a few times this week). My Gramps lives with me. He’s 82 years old and still working. We were both fired up, so naturally when he demanded I ask question A, B, and C I decided to ask him to come along if he wanted to. If you know Gramps – you’d know that he didn’t hesitate!
Now, he grew up in a polar opposite environment than I did. New York City was his stompin’ grounds! Later in life he’d go on to live in Denver and Chicago. He’s a city fella through and through. I only lived in the city for about 4 years out of my entire childhood, and I HATED it for multiple reasons. Now, listen – my Gramps isn’t your average Grandpa! Here’s a picture of him.
I took this just a couple of weeks ago. He had no idea about the song, but he bought the shirt when he saw it on Facebook because of the skeleton wearing infantry clothing. He was in the infantry as an Army Captain Ranger in the 50’s. Before night vision goggles, darkness really was their best friend.
Here he is spending some time with my girls.
Anyhow, as we were sitting in the bank manager’s office the two of us got to talking; she was typing for a good 20 minutes. He started talking about what it would be like for me in the future: folks my age vs. the government. With as crazy as this world is, his belief may not be far from the truth. He believes there is a good chance that in the future the government will value its elderly less and less and will fund less and less medical assistance for them – possibly none. Due to the fact that we’ll be draining the government instead of contributing through employment, he also says they may figure out a way to “do us in” once we reach a certain age! I laughed and told him I’d be living in the middle of nowhere happy as a lark so it wouldn’t matter. This is a debate we’ve had quite a few times.
He laughed loudly, but in a manner that admitted defeat. His laugh alone said, “Well she may have finally gotten me with that statement.” Then, as I’ve heard from him a few times before, he told me that, “Country life is bullsh*t.”
His primary argument is that if you need help – whether it be police or an ambulance – that it wouldn’t be easily obtained. Okay, well obviously this is true, but I also feel that those aren’t routine necessities. We currently live in a town in Indiana between Indianapolis and Lafayette. He’s definitely made it clear that he sees it as a town – and I think it is, too. Honestly, the population here is at the peak of what I feel comfortable with.
He’d rather be amongst many, many people surrounded by convenience. I’d rather be in the midst of nature and create my own convenience. He said, “Isolation isn’t good.” Now, I know he’s talking about isolation from people. But when I’m in the woods surrounded by so many things that breathe life… I feel less isolated. In fact I feel connected, like I’m where I should be. The core of my soul stills, and I feel inspired. For me, that is home.
Again, I thought to myself – when did nature become unnatural?? WHY is it that the environment human beings are meant to be in has become what is foreign – and even scary??
If you think about it, as human beings we aren’t naturally meant to spend our days on the internet (as I’m doing now – uh huh I see the irony there), watching a box that plays images and storylines, or stacked on top of each other in apartment cages picking up a phone to order a meal to be delivered to our door. We’re living, breathing animals. As a society I think the more connected we are by technology and convenience, the more disconnected we become from what and who we really are – thus the massive amounts of depression we experience as a society.
Please understand that I do like certain conveniences (I wouldn’t be writing in this medium if I didn’t, right?). I do think there is value in a lot of them. And I could absolutely understand why others prefer the city life or the town life. My goal is not to knock on anyone else’s lifestyle, this is just a topic that has had me thinking for a long time.
I could go on writing about this for a long time, but for now I’ll put my thoughts on hold. What do you think?? Has nature become unnatural? We’ve all lived differently and experienced unique things as individuals, city lovers and country lovers, so I’d love to hear anything you have to say! Talk to you soon!
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