You may be thinking the title is a bit odd. It is.
As my undergraduate academic career wraps up, I have found myself focusing on the long-term goal. A career. Yes, it seems as apparent as ever that researching and writing are my cups of tea. But, I wonder where this will take me. A big city? Small town? The west coast? The north? Further south? Somewhere in between?
I grew up in a small town, and people generally want what they do not have. For the longest, I dreamed of living in a big city, like Atlanta. A place where there is something to do at any given moment. However, this involves a fast-paced lifestyle, a party that never stops. It possibly requires the sacrifice of a backyard, a car, and a view that extends for miles. Do I want this? Do I really want this?
As my career and academic studies evolved, I recognized DC as the life for me. It is political. It is intense. It is constantly shifting from one extreme to the next. However, how long could I survive? A big city seems like an extrovert in the scheme of things. Constant noise. Nonstop bustling. An energy that is never-ending. Sky-rise apartment buildings around every corner. A city that demands a level of commitment to productivity. A city with the same geometric shapes: rectangles. Everywhere. Each morning you awake to the strong stench of sulfur.
When I think of a small town, I think isolation, a monotonous environment, the same faces, and for laughs, terrible internet and cell service. I have wanted nothing more than to escape the small town life because I have lived it, and I often joke that I was born fast in a slow town. So, what is a gal to do?
Perhaps there is a way to counteract these negatives in cities and small towns. Perhaps I could embark on a “trial run” in a big city and move to smaller localities in the event I am unimpressed.
A house is more than a home. It is a lifestyle. Fast-paced for the city. Slow-going for the small town. I must decide which lifestyle fits my needs. When I decide this, I believe I will be closer to my career goal.