Eight months ago I moved to a retirement community out on the far edge of the metro area, away from the suburbs where my wife and I had lived for 36 years. I knew life would be different and here are some of my observations about things I noticed are different. I am happy to report that we are loving it!
- Less traffic. It’s so funny because we used chuckle when people complained about our traffic, thinking they just were not used to city living. Now we say the same thing and have enjoyed getting away from the awful traffic!
- People are friendly. Out in public the people you encounter at the park, in restaurants, and the workers nearly everywhere, overall are just more relaxed and friendly and considerate. People seem to show their personality more.
- There are plenty of places to eat out and buy stuff. Restaurants are less crowded so you don’t get the mad lunch hour rush as much. With a major mall only 15 minutes away, that is close enough. A Publix and a Kroger a mile away. Haven’t found anything that I missed so far except maybe a Whole Foods or Fresh Market. Oh, my Amazon Prime works just great with two day deliveries.
- More scenic countryside. I love driving out our back community gate, passing barns and farm houses and a lamas farm!
- More places to walk. Our subdivision has plenty of nice wide sidewalks. Out on the main street there are wide sidewalks. The high school track is open after hours for anyone to walk! (not so in the suburbs where they lock the gate) Several parks and even a rec center with an indoor track.
- Your vote counts. The just had an election for school board president and someone won by 8 votes!
- Community fairs and events. People really turn out and support the community events. Be it a 5k run, arts and crafts fair, or Christmas parade, people come together for these events.
- Medical services close by. My dentist is 5 minutes away. I visited the orthopedic doctor yesterday at the medical building next door and got there in 5 minutes or less.
I haven’t noticed anything that I miss from my old community of 21 years, except some friends that I don’t see as often. There was a risk in moving out to a more rural area but that has now been officially resolved!
What do you like about living in a small town?