As you grow in life, you make the choice to either live in the city or the countryside. Obviously, as a child, your parents make the decisions for you. But as you grow more independent, the yearning for freedom always comes to mind. Yet in this society, we grow up too soon. The innocence of childhood is greatly missed.
I grew up in the heart of the British countryside. As a child, I would ride my bike, walk in the woods, climb trees, go strawberry picking and eat cake! During that time, computers and the World Wide Web was barely even heard of, let alone mobile/cell phones. In my household, technology started with the television. Television turned into computers. Computers transformed into mini smartphones. Thus, we have now started with the iPad phase. As a result, technology has become a necessity to this world. If the world had a power outage, mankind would not cope. This world relies on our inventions.
One of my favourite poems captures my point.
We are the clouds that veil the midnight moon;
How relentlessly they speed, and gleam, and quiver,
Streaking the darkness radiantly!–yet soon
Night closes around and they are lost forever:
Or like forgotten lyres, whose dissonant strings
Give various response to each varying blast,
To whose frail frame no second motion brings
One mood or modulation like the last.
We rest.–A dream has power to poison sleep;
We rise.–One wandering thought pollutes the day;
We feel, conceive, or reason, laugh or weep;
Embrace fond foe, or cast our cares away:
It is the same!–For, be it joy or sorrow,
The path of its departure still is free:
Man’s yesterday may ne’er be like his morrow;
Nought may endure but Mutability.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
On a lighter note, having moved to the city 4 years ago, I have noticed many differences than to living in the countryside. I shall now describe them to you below.
- There are no cows and sheep or even chickens. Horses come and go, but they belong to either the royal family or the police.
- Cockerels and birds will not wake you up at the first sight of dawn.
- Rush hour begins at 7am and 4pm. Avoid where possible.
- People walk faster, talk faster and are generally more cautious in the city.
- The city is very convenient. A car is not needed.
- Pigeons fly at you for no reason.
- Squirrels are not scared of humans.
- When you miss home, you go to the park.
- You cannot go stargazing in London, due to the light pollution! As a result, you never ever see stars in the city.
- Pollution is everywhere!