Det första blogginlägget är på engelska och skrivet av Veronica Rebora ifrån Argentina. Jag har delat med mig om Tynningö och ölivet till henne vilket gör att hon fått en inblick i det samtidigt som hon kan se det i ett lite större perspektiv. Jag fick en större förståelse för varför jag trivs så bra på Tynningö och känner en sådan stolthet i att bo här.
“The man who lives in a small community lives in a much larger world. He knows much more of the fierce variety and uncompromising divergences of men…In a large community, we can choose our companions. In a small community, our companions are chosen for us. Thus in all extensive and highly civilized society groups come into existence founded upon sympathy, and shut out the real world more sharply than the gates of a monastery. There is nothing really narrow about the clan; the thing which is really narrow is the clique.”
― G.K. Chesterton, Heretics.
We all have seen those Hollywood movies where small town dreamers “make it big” in the big cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Paris, or any other Capital City in the world. Romance, refinement, and adventure seem to be waiting in every corner; life is unpredictable and exciting, and triumph, fame and glory are usually linked to the bright street lights of urban avenues.
But, although the media and advertisement factories are always selling the advantages and mystique of big city lights and dreams, there is an abundance of reasons to live in a small town, and more and more people are moving out of the city to the countryside saying that their reasons to live in a small town started with wanting a slower pace of life, or a better place to bring up their children. There are some brilliant benefits to living in a city, of course, but here are 8 reasons to live in a small town.
- SENSE OF COMMUNITY:
You may not have the whole town round for dinner once a week, but when there is a crisis – like a fire on a farm or somebody loses their dog or a flood – you will be amazed at how the community rallies together to get their fellow townsfolk the help they need. A sense of community is one of the main cited reasons from those who choose to live in a small town.
- THE STARS:
If you think back to your childhood, when life was not quite as chaotic, you may be lucky enough to remember a wide open sky with a carpet of stars. In the country, or small town, you get to have that every single night of your life. Living in a smaller town also means leaving the light pollution of the city behind.
- NO TRAFFIC (…AND THERE IS ALWAYS PARKING!):
Either when you have lived in a small town for a while, or you are still living in one, you become virtually allergic to traffic, as the only small town traffic you will encounter is a herd of sheep in the ‘’main road’’, some dog laying on your driveway, or a neighbor’s car, snowbike or tractor blocking up the entrance to a street. And there is always parking outside the grocery store – question is will you need it if you came on your bicycle or horse? Alternatives in a smaller town are available, including walking distances to all the significant points. Healthier, eco-friendly, and stress-free.
- FRESH AIR:
One of the charming and health boosting benefits of living in a small town is fresh air. We don’t realize how much junk we are breathing in, and subjecting our children to, in the big city. Although Sweden has comparatively clearer air than many European countries, still smog and fumes are a daily part of our city slog…so who wouldn’t love the sweet air of the countryside and archipielago islands. Those postcards of kids skipping through fields of blossoms breathing country air? Yes, they are real.
- IT’S QUIET:
Another thing we don’t realize until we have spent any time in a small town quietude, is the sheer amount of noise – in the city this cacophonous din is the constant background. Our nervous system deals with it by increasing the threshold for sound stimuli, but all in all, the noise remains; allowing our senses to be in a constant state of alarm, which has proven to cause many problems with overall health. After moving to the country, just one night in the city feels like “too much”, and you finally understand why you are wound up ready to pop at a moment’s notice when you are there.
- PEOPLE SPEND TIME TOGETHER:
One of the advantages of small town life is the fact that people, and specially families, do everything together. Far away from the peering eyes of the bright city lights and instant gratification, entertainment means to swim in holes, build snowmen, gather berries, and play cards and games in front of the fire. This leads to more dialogue, better understanding among generations, and to the development of stronger relationships. Small town families tend to have a different cohesion than families in the city, where the adults go out at night and the kids are left with a sitter, and teenagers have a separate life inside their own homes.
- LIFE IS SIMPLER:
Life is simpler in a small community; there are very few big city distractions, not many malls, not many cinemas, not hundreds of restaurants. You get back to your roots and great pleasure is taken in things like baking, woodwork, sewing and walking the dog. Quality time is beneficial to all generations, and one of the most attractive reasons to live in a small town.
- EVERYBODY KNOWS YOU
This may seem like a downside, but it’s a huge plus. Everybody knows where you live and who you are, how many sugars you take in your morning coffee at the café, what days you walk your dog, how many kids you have, what car you drive and if they should keep the paper for you at the local store. You can be sure that your neighbours and friends will know immediately if you are in trouble, or if you need help, and will rally around you without hesitation.
(If you need extra reasons to live in a small town, then think about a beautiful and safe place to bring up your kids. Many people are moving to the countryside for a peaceful life where they can spend time together as a family. What would inspire you to move out of the city?)
“In the great cities we see so little of the world, we drift into our minority. In the little towns and villages there are no minorities; people are not numerous enough. You must see the world there, perforce. Every man is himself a class; every hour carries its new challenge. When you pass the inn at the end of the village you leave your favourite whimsy behind you; for you will meet no one who can share it. We listen to eloquent speaking, read books and write them, settle all the affairs of the universe…” ― W.B. Yeats, The Celtic Twilight: Faerie and Folklore