I grew up in a town just a few minutes out of Boston. Every day, I would awake to the sound of a roaring train, an airplane flying over my roof, and the whoosh of cars speeding down my street. I loved my home and my family, but I found it difficult to enjoy the chaotic environment around me.
However, I found that when I went into the city, which was quite frequently, I was overjoyed and ecstatic. I love Boston. Not only is it lively and exciting, but it is also beautiful and historic. I understand why people want to live in the city, because I share some of those same feelings.
What I’ve found through my research is that there are many different life styles that people choose. For instance, a person can live in the city and choose when to go out and into a quieter environment. Or, in contrast, some people choose to live on a farm or a more natural environment and go into the city when needed.
I’m trying to balance the two. I love nature as much as I love the city. I believe that the two share the same kind of mysterious qualities. In nature, it is the raw materials of trees and streams and quiet that brings some people peace. In a city, the sense of being surrounded by people, the glow of streetlights, or the comfortable coffee shops that make some people feel at home.
Both have negative qualities as well. In a sense, the city seems dangerous, maybe even empty if the quality of what consists within the city is lacking. In nature, there can also be a sense of emptiness and danger.
I don’t believe that people have to give up one place to enjoy another. I think people should do what makes them happy and follow their happiness. If you, like me, find enjoyment from both places, then try to find a balance between the two.