If money and moving time wasn't an issue, what would your ideal living location (city or countryside) include?
I would stay right here, in the house that I am currently living. I'm currently living with my parents, and we've had the house in the family since my dad was a toddler. It's home, and exactly where I belong. I'm unsure if I will be able to remain here, because I plan on joining the military and I'm not sure I could request to be assigned to the nearest base so that I can remain here, but that's my hope for the future.
Besides the fact that this has been my family's home for so long, I love where I live because:
-My city is a comfortable size city (117,000) I don't feel overwhelmed or underwhelmed like I do when visiting other cities/towns.
-It's a short drive to the county, which has tonnes of activities that you can't find in the city
- I don't have all of my family and friends near-by, but I do have most of my family and friends that I feel closest to, which is extremely important to me. Living on my own I found that I disliked the sense of feeling cut off from my world and the people I cared about weren't as easy to get ahold of when I lived hours away from them.
- There's plenty of cool things to do (as long as you have money/transportation) that I am interested in (theatre, cafes, museums/art galleries) and lot's of local community events that pop-up every few weeks.
- Plenty of volunteer activities (as long as you have access to a car, which I don't for the most part) in the city and in the surrounding county. I enjoy volunteering and supporting charity events, and the fact that these events are well advertised is always a bonus.
- Layout of the city makes sense. I lived in Toronto for eight months to attend school, and could not get the hang of navigating Toronto. I was forever getting lost because to me the layout didn't make sense. Streets didn't connect the way you expected them to, and the transportation system was much larger than my hometown's and I would have to do research on every trip outside of campus to make sure I knew where I was going, and would still get lost
I think that's mostly it, though they're pretty broad reasons. I think hands down THE most important part about finding your ideal living space is finding somewhere you *connect* to. There can be tonnes of exciting activities, even activities you enjoy, and you can have a great social circle and social life both at work/school and outside of that, but if you don't feel that deeper connection to the community around you, you're not going to be happy where you live. For me, it took getting away from the place I grew up to realize that's exactly where I want to put my roots down and really grow as a person.
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