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Choosing life in the country verses smog in the city

Country living is all about reminiscing from the past. Most people who long to live in the country are ones that hold a romantic value about what country living would be like and for the most part, they are not wrong. There is nothing better than getting up in the morning and being able to hear the birds chirping, while sucking in deep clean breathes of fresh country air, not scented with the smell of factories, vehicles, and smog like many cities suffer from these days.

Today, more and more people are making plans to move from their city apartments and condos to the country, but this too creates problems that many people are not aware of. While city people fantasize what it will be like to live in the country, they do not understand the reality of it and often after moving, are somewhat taken by surprise that they have less choices when it comes to shopping, gasoline, foods, and most other things. Today, country living means understanding that most companies are investing their money in the big cities and more and more small towns are vanishing from the countryside, but that doesn’t have to be the case, as new arrivals to the country life, can do their part to see that the country lifestyle continues; after all, it is more about the state of mind than the actual state of being.

Country living means more freedom of choice when it comes to the important things, like fresh home grown foods that are free of pesticides and other harmful chemicals. It means being able to make friends with your neighbours and sharing experiences. It means breathing clean air and enjoying the freedom to do as you chose, with living with the rules that exist in the city, but most of all, country living means enjoying life and making it what you want it to be.

After all, when you move to the county, you moved there to follow your dream, so why not continue the dream when you arrive there and build a life for yourself that incorporates all the things that are important to you, yet fit in with those who live around you. Today, county living means more than farming, it is about enjoying the good things in life, while being able to do the things you have always enjoyed and thanks to the Internet, most people living in the country have access to the same things city dwellers have, but at a less stressful pace.

So, what’s your country living dream? In this column you will find all types of hints and tips for enjoying the simple country life you crave!


  • Denise 5 years ago

    Reading your article I can't help but wonder if you have ever spent any time in the country. Clean air is not a choice if you have ever been near a pig farm, and pesticides are routinely sprayed throughout the air by crop dusters, which filter down into the ground water. There is the noise from the equipment used to scare off birds that eat crops, as well as those friendly neighbors who burn wood and ignore local regulations when they dump motor oil or burn their garbage when they think nobody is looking. Did I mention the hunters that trespass and shoot before knowing what it is they are aiming at? How about sipping that morning coffee while your neighbor buzz cuts his wood. I think you're a snob. Your idea that people who live in the country are "romantics' ranks right up there with "beer drinkers make better lovers." It is a description of country life that only exists within the narrow frame of your mind, and is not based on facts or reality.

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