The blog that I have found describes the authors experience in living in a small town and also in a city. Throughout the essay he mentions that he loves the small town and also the city. I found this blog by looking for the same idea as my blog topic and I came across a blog page named “Thought Blog, Reflections off the Dysfunctional Meta Thread (semi-realized?).” The URL to this blog is http://gaurang.org/%20blog/archives/%202005/05/small_town_life.html. The title of the blog post was “Small Town Life vs. City Life,” I knew that when I read that I would be able to relate to that the blog. I feel like I can relate to the author because I also grew up in a small town and am now transitioning into the city life. I grew up in a small town named Wren, which only has a population of roughly two-hundred people. Most people from the high school that I went to didn’t even know where Wren was or that there was even a town like that near our school. I now am transitioning to the city life by going to college, and mainly focusing on getting to the OSU campus in Columbus.
In the blog “Small Town Life vs. City Life,” the author talks about a town that they just visited in Brownsville, Texas. He describes the town and then talks about how the town he grew up in is a lot like Brownsville. The author describes the small town life as “having an air of satisfaction and content.” He says that there is a closeness to the small town life and that it is peaceful and content. He then goes on to describing the city life that he has also experienced. He mentioned that city life may offer better material for quality of life and better opportunities for people who want to be rich and achieve big things, but city culture seems to say “Everybody is for himself.” The main point of his blog is that cities are cutting edge they always have new ideas and products, whereas small towns are just trying to catch up slowly to the cities which they are never able to do at least in the short term.
When the author talks about the small town he was in, he describes all the restaurants like Subway and McDonalds and also hotels and theatres that are in the town. Our definition of small towns must be very different because the small town where I am from has nothing that he has described. The only restaurant that we have is a small bar. We don’t even any theaters or hotels either, and the only major structure we have is a small fire station.
I agree with the author when he talks about small towns having “an air of satisfaction and content.” Small towns have a very close community where anyone would help another person, no matter the task. He talks about how people are not trying to outsmart each other and they just come together as friends and neighbors. The town that I live in is exactly like what he described. Everyone gets along and knows each other and nothing is a competition. Everyone loves our small town, which is why we try to take care of all of it.
I definitely agree with his point of view of city life, how it is about making new products and doing bigger and better things everyday. I feel as if city life may be too busy and self centered for me. It does seem like everyone is working for themselves and not for, or even with, each other. I do like the city, but I’m not sure if I could live in a city for a long period of time or even work in a big city. It seems like everyone has a sense of distance between them because they are all competing to become bigger and better in everything they do. I do not think I could stand that. I like the feeling of being friends with everyone around me and knowing everyone that lives around me.
At the end of the blog the author post the question “The ambitious and individualistic city life; the content, peaceful, collective town life; which one would you choose?” I know which one I would choose. I would choose the small peaceful, collective town life. I just feel more comfortable when I think of living the rest of my life in a small town. That does not mean I would not live in a big city for a couple of years, but I do not think I could live the rest of my life in a big city. Mostly because I would always worry about the safety of my home and myself. Small towns just have a comfortable feel to them. Like a comfort zone that I do not want to let go of for forever.