People who move to small towns often say they like the sense of community they find there. The "neighbors helping neighbors" vibe.
Me? I'd always preferred cities. More opportunities to learn and expand your mind. More diversity. Less provincial.
But what if you could have the best of both worlds? The mind-expansion and creative thinking of a city combined with the unity that comes with a smaller town. Oh, and enough shifting of the population to keep it free from stagnation?
As a writer, "they don't let me out much." I get too distracted to try to write in a public place, so I stay at home alone a lot. It limits the number of people I meet in a day. (If I worked in a bakery, as someone suggested, I'd meet people all day long.) So yesterday was special. I worked for about 10 hours and went out twice. Once to do a long walk and then to an evening event.
During the walk I ran into two people I know. One from my Aspen Screenwriters and Playwrights group and one from a party I attended. Such a small but significant joy! It's not that I don't sometimes see people I know here and there, but now, with the off season in full swing, the numbers are fewer. It's like being in a Facebook group with thousands of members versus one with a smaller, more intimate group.
I expected to see one or two people I knew at the event – a bookstore hosting a writer's event, where writers were reading some of their work. I didn't expect to meet new friends.
Let's get together and feel alright…