I moved to New Hampshire from London 3 months ago. Long story short, after the dust settled with relocating over, I had a really hard time adjusting to the pace here. I couldn’t step outside, walk the streets of a city, watch people from all walks of life, eat pretty much any cuisine I wanted.
It was tough. I saw myself slipping into a dark hole, and before tipping over the edge, decided I was simply being such a city snob, snapped out of it, and did a couple of things.
Sometimes I’m thankful there’s such a thing as “years”. It’s a great excuse to go, “alright, this is a new year, let me do something different, and approach life from a different angle.”
And so I did.
I’m beginning to really appreciate New Hampshire. It’s a state with just over 1.3 million people. I live in this tiny town known as Bedford, which has a population of about 21,000. Yes, twenty one thousand. London? 8 million. 🙂
I find myself REALLY treasuring the simplicity of life here. When you live in a massive city, you are exposed to extremes: personalities, attitudes, actions and consequences. You meet all sorts of people – which is great – but extreme deviant social behaviour starts becoming “normal”. Moving to a small town from a large city also encourages a different type of creativity. You can no longer step outside, and get smacked in the face with 100 things to do within a 1 mile radius.
This past week has been great, in terms of keeping busy and having numerous conversations outside of work with colleagues who grew up here. The conversations have been enlightening, interesting and different, hence spurring this post.
With that being said, I still love a city, and am heading to NYC next weekend to spend some time with my dearest friends. But my point here, is that, wherever you go, you can always find something to do, learn, explore and enhance your personal wellbeing.
About that poster on the top right, it was put together by the folks over at Holstee and is such a great reminder of how I want to live each day. As they put it, it’s a “call to action to live a life full of intention, creativity, passion and community”. Do check out their video below: