A month ago I moved with my family to a new home, city and state. From Boise to Seattle, we have experienced more than just the changes and challenges of a major move as a family of 6, but a shift from one type of societal environment to another. And for the most part, after a month of adjusting, I have to say I am really learning to enjoy and appreciate the differences in this stage of my life. In fact, I like it here so much, within a bus ride of some of the best Sushi downtown and walking distance of beaches and parks along the Puget Sound, that I’m already second guessing our plan to eventually move out to the more rural areas surrounding Seattle where space would allow a large garden (perhaps an orchard), chickens and maybe even a cow or goat of our own. I still want those things, but the allure of a pulsing and vibrant city is beginning to weaken my resolve. And with a view of the Olympic mountain range from my bedroom window coupled with world class food and museums at my fingertips, could you blame me?
What about you? What type of residence is your cup of tea? Have you moved around much and tried out a variety of locations or been happy in something similar to what you grew up with? What do you like about where you live? Does the larger environment around your home have a strong effect on you? Why or why not? For me, I’m not yet sure why, but I’m much happier back* on the coast in a more urban (and green) locale.
*My own residential history has included the East Bay of San Francisco, Provo (only one land-locked year), downtown Boston and rural New Hampshire prior to the suburbs of Boise. We’re hoping to stay in the Seattle area long term until one of our children goes back East for college (we get to choose that, right?).