Decisions, Decisions. I have written before about the simple life I was living in New Mexico and how much I enjoyed it. Quiet, slow days…no traffic…local foods. One major downside? Boredom that came along quite often. But for the most part, living quietly in a small town in the mountains was great. Then I got divorced and moved to a city in Colorado. I rarely use my car, I can walk to the coffee shop/restaurants/grocery store, and there are a plethora of museums/events to attend on a weekly basis. In many ways, my life is so different now than it was last year. However, I am not sure if I want it to be.
Do I want to live in a yurt or cabin in the mountains, growing my own food, collecting rain water, and experimenting with solar power? Or do I want modern conveniences like I have in my apartment in the city? Do I want silence at night and to be surrounded by nature, or do I want to hear the hustle of the city right outside my window? Which lifestyle means more to me and which one do I want? I just don’t know, and I need to work on deciding. It really is a tough call, because I truly do enjoy aspects of each now that I have spent time living both kinds of lifestyles.
Which is more simple? I think it is a toss-up, to be honest. City life makes most things easily accessible, you can use public transportation to get around, and you might tend to enjoy more quality time with your friends since they probably live nearby. Living in a small town away from it all, you have more time to reflect on life, better access to nature, a stronger dependence on “self”, and plenty of quiet to ease that busy mind. The biggest drawback to living away from it all? Loneliness. While I tend to be kind of a hermit most of the time, I do enjoy hanging out with people I know – and that doesn’t happen nearly as often if you live in a yurt in the mountains.
And so I am torn. Live in the city or live in the country? Suburbia is a nightmare to me, so I couldn’t live “1/2 and 1/2” between the two choices. I either need the city or the country. Maybe it’s time to flip a coin?
What do you guys think?