The Places We Live

Greetings from NOWHERE in particular It’s funny how we just accept things about our surroundings that, to an outsider, seem completely unacceptable. Why would someone live in a place called Tornado Alley or Death Valley? Why would someone else choose to live on or near a fault line? Some live in sweltering heat. While others live in arctic tundras. Why?

Some move farther and farther out into the country, lengthening the sprawl, in order to get more house, more land for less money. To put their kids into a better school. All of these things done with the best intentions for their family, meanwhile the parent has to drive an hour each way to and from work; adding to the time spent away from their family. Time spent in the car. Time you can never get back. An hour commute each way, every day. Why is that acceptable as a cost of living?

There’s plenty of reasons why we live where we do: This is where my family lives. This is all I’ve ever known. My job moved me here. But the nice thing about your location is that it can be changed. You have control over where you live. You can always move. It may not be easy, but it can be done.

If the place you live is not matching up with what you want, look around at your surroundings and ask yourselves: Why do we live here?

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