I identify as someone who thoroughly enjoys living in a small town. So often you hear negative comments about small towns, or even living in the countryside, but for those who have yet to experience small town living, these comments really are inaccurate.
It is hard for me to articulate in words what exactly it is about living in a small town that gives me so much joy, but a tremendous aspect of it is the peace and quiet. It was a difficult adjustment when I went from living on a road with two neighbours miles away to living in the midst of a subdivision in Thorold for school, where I was literally able to see into my neighbour’s dining room through my bedroom window. It is so comforting knowing that the place you call home is like a private sanctuary, and there is nothing like the peace and quiet that exists out in the country in a small town.
Another reason I enjoy living in a small town is that of how well you get to know your neighbours. Just a few days ago there was a fundraising event where I live, and it’s so comforting to attend these events and being able to recognize and chat with a majority of the people that are in attendance. You may not see everyone for months, even years at a time, but when you do, it’s as though nothing as changed.
I cannot stress enough how beneficial my lifestyle has been towards who I am as a person. Living and working on a farm, being raised in a small town, and learning to respect my neighbours have been critical components of my upbringing, and I am incredibly grateful for them.
I highly recommend small town living. It really is unlike anything else.
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