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Wild at Heart

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.

Mutability

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.

  1. There are no cows and sheep or even chickens. Horses come and go, but they belong to either the royal family or the police.
  2. Cockerels and birds will not wake you up at the first sight of dawn.
  3. Rush hour begins at 7am and 4pm. Avoid where possible.
  4. People walk faster, talk faster and are generally more cautious in the city.
  5. The city is very convenient. A car is not needed.
  6. Pigeons fly at you for no reason.
  7. Squirrels are not scared of humans.
  8. When you miss home, you go to the park.
  9. You cannot go stargazing in London, due to the light pollution! As a result, you never ever see stars in the city.
  10. Pollution is everywhere!

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19 comments

  1. London must be an awful place to live so busy, i would not dream of going to it even for a holiday.
    I live in the City of Belfast but it does not have the city feel, no grid lock’s, small rush hour’s on about 3 road’s only. The city and it’s people are laid back.

    • Where I live is ok. I live in a eco-friendly village community in London. Although central London is crazy! Full of tourist. Half the people i bump into are either American or European. Very busy. But my parents still live back in the quiet countryside filled with stars in the sky at night. So I visit home very often 🙂

      I’ve always wanted to visit Belfast. I need an adventure to Northern Ireland.

      • well there are plenty of place’s to visit and lot’s to do day and night, all we see are the american’s going around in taxi’s looking at where all the trouble spot’s where you would think they would want to see more 🙂 if you go to my other site and look at Northern Ireland there are a few sites in it i’m alway’s adding.

        http://harrythehandyman.wordpress.com/

  2. I’ve been living in Los Angeles for a few years, having moved here from Oregon (one state north). It was much quieter in my hometown, which meant abundant green and a quieter life . . . but also abundant gray (as in, the sky) and a quieter life. Mostly I’m glad I made the decision to move here, but there are things that make me feel a little wistful about the change!

      • But moving is so stressful!
        Exactly so! Even moving from one apartment to another in the same city is taxing, which is why I’m still in my less-than-ideal apartment now. Moving was fairly easy when it was just me and a car’s worth of boxes. Now, with a baby and his daddy, it’s not so easy to move on a whim! Someday soon I’m sure the balance will tip . . .

  3. Hello there,
    My husband and I chose to live in a semi-remote location on a small island over 30 years ago now. The environment is lovely and largely unspoiled ads the population is low. It won’t grow quickly as there is no work to be had. One has to be prepered to make their own living via self employment.

    We love where we live and we will never return to living a city lifestyle. People who live there have no awareness of how much vehicle exhaust pollute the air. I can barely breathe when I visit cities. The noise never ends in cities and one has to be concerned about the criminal element too.

    We’ll happily remain where the cocks crow, the streams flow, and where women and children can safely walk to and fro. 😉

    • yay TT! wow must be great to live there. I agree the city is filled with pollution! Way too much. When i’m back at home with my parents (rural), I can seriously smell and feel the fresh air.

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    • I’d really appreciate it if you would correct my typos in my comment above. I am visually challenged. My app does not always work and I cannot detect the errors I make until I click submit and then get up and stand two feet away covering one eye. Then I cringe because I can see them and they make me appear to ne an illiterate person. 😦

  4. Steve

    I live on the suburbs of London, its quite green where I live and I am not far from the countryside, but I work in London, it is a dump really, I do not see the attraction, I don’t think I could live in the countryside though, not proper countryside as in tiny village, local shop, 1 pub etc, I think you just get used to living in or near a large city.

    • The tiny village describes back home perfectly. You are useless without a car. And I still can’t drive, which is probably why I moved to London. Then again it was for university.

      • Steve

        what I think I would like about a village though I think it would take some getting used to is the slower pace of life, I think I could get used to that.

      • It is definitely a slower pace lifestyle. But if you keep yourself interested…the boredom will not follow. And also, house prices are cheaper than London 🙂

  5. Coleen

    I was living in Puerto Natales, Chile this year and there was a power outage one night, wiping out our tiny star of human-carved light on the Patagonian prairie. The silence was overwhelming and made us all feel tiny.

    You never realize how much noise technology makes until it’s turned off! Lovely post!

  6. “6. Pigeons fly at you for no reason.”

    I cringed at this. I have actually been hit by flying pigeons (as opposed to walking ones?) 5 times in my life. And it was 5 times too many.

    I hope you’re better at dodging them than I am!

    • Wow 5 times is unlucky! Luckily I haven’t been hit yet, but there have been some close ones. However, I do get hit with daddy longlegs, which might be worse; seeing as I hate spiders.

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