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Journal Writing Project: Country vs. City Life


By Peyton Bergey

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in All Education

When figuring out where might be the best place for you to live, whether that may be the country or in the city, there are many aspects that one must take into consideration. Now, if you’re like me who has grown up in the country and a very small town, then you would more than likely favor the country lifestyle. As for people whom have grown up in the hustle and bustle of say, Chicago or New York, then living in the country is just not an option.

In the country lifestyle as I know it, we do things way differently than people from a large city might. For example, you want to go somewhere, but you do not have a car. In the city you would have to waste time trying to track down a taxi and then pay a TON of money just to get from A to B. Now, in the country for instance, if you need a ride somewhere, you call up a friend or a neighbor, and they are either more than happy to let you use their vehicle or give you a ride! Most people will do so out of the kindness of their hearts, not for money. This also brings me to the topic of generosity between city and country. It seems to me that the big city life is very dog-eat-dog and very fast paced. Life in the country, on the other hand, is very laid back and mellow. Sure, sometimes things can go wrong and people get flustered in the country, but I don’t think a regular farmer could last a week in New York!

Sometimes when living in the country, we take things for granted, such as looking up at night time and seeing the beautiful stars. In the big city there are so many lights that it is hard to see the beauty of the stars shining brightly in the sky. Another aspect that many country folk take for granted is walking out your door and smelling the nice fresh air. In a big city with lots of people, there is a lot of garbage, which means a lot of pollution.

Another thing that I myself love about living in the country is the crime rate. It is very seldom that you hear of an awful murder or robbers in this neck of the woods. As for the city, the crime rate is extremely high, and one must always watch their backs. It just seems to me that living in the country is a safer option. Not to mention the prices of living in the city are extremely high as well! Also the traffic in the city is crazy! There are cars driving around at all hours of the day and night. You would think this would make it a little hard for one to sleep or get any peace and quiet! In the country there is SO much peace and quiet that you can hear when a single car goes by.

I know that some people would disagree with me on which might be the better place to live. People that only know the city life have nothing else to compare it to. In the same way I don’t have anything to compare to the country life. I just know that I would much rather live somewhere more laid back.

Peyton Bergey is a student at Mabel-Canton High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its fifteenth year.

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