Renewing my sense of place

This past long weekend I had an old friend, who now lives many many miles away, come for a visit. We had a great time catching up and laughing over new and old stories. We didn’t get up to anything too crazy, but enough that yesterday was pretty much a write off. Nothing says ‘it was a good weekend’ like needing a full day to recover from it.

My friend was pretty amazed by my little part of the world. She’s a city slicker and hadn’t ever visited southwestern Ontario until she came to see me. It was really interesting hearing her contrast her city to my country. She was amazed at how big my house is compared to her condo, how big my lot is, how quiet and dark it is at night, how many seniors there are around here, how many baseball diamonds there are and how lucky we are to live alongside a great big lake with awesome beaches.

Hearing what she thought of the area I call home was a good reminder of just how fortunate I am. All I have to do is walk 10 minutes and I’m at a great beach. Walk 10 minutes in the other direction and you’re into beautiful farm land. Of late, I’ve been taking my surroundings for granted – it’s just so easy to fall into a routine and not really see or take advantage of what’s surrounding you. I know even when I lived in the city, I never explored much – I stuck to what was comfortable and familiar for the most part, which looking back, I regret.

I think it’s time I renew my sense of appreciation for the great place I live: I’m going to go for more walks on the beach, admire the stars at night and quiet back roads. I think I’ll visit the local museums too (haven’t done that in ages) and marvel how my ancestors carved homes and farms from the vast woodlands.

What do you love about the place you live? Have you ever needed to be reminded of how awesome it is?Β 

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10 thoughts on “Renewing my sense of place

  1. I had a bit of a light bulb moment about this last night as well. I was out for a run with my dog and we crested this hill and spread out before me was several hundred acres of rolling farmland, underneath a sky that was streaked pink from the sunset. Living in the country has it’s own benefits, and it’s important to remember to enjoy them.

  2. Right this moment, nothing! I do not like much about where I live – it is just a landing place while we save up to move somewhere we actually like. Sounds like you live in a beautiful place πŸ™‚

  3. Cait

    All it takes is a trip to basically anywhere on the planet and I know I’m lucky to live where I do. Living in a rainforest does = a decent amount of rain… but, like you, I’m always 10 mins away from a beach, 10 mins from a farm, 10 mins from a mountain or another 10 mins from downtown. It all depends on which direction I take. I can always smell the ocean breeze and nothing is as euphoric as that. Thanks for the reminder, CG!

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  5. Absolutely – I posted just the other day about this – I have a fantastic walk to work and I don’t appreciate it half enough (after all I’ve spent so many of the past few years suffering public transport!). And more broadly speaking, we have white beaches, black sand beaches, bush, lakes and snow all within either minutes or a few hours away. I love living near the water.

  6. I love my city life. I think it’s pretty awesome. I can never live in the rural areas. WAY too quiet for me. People don’t believe me but I love the suburbs of Toronto. I still have all the city amenities but not the noise of the downtown.

  7. It’s funny that I read this today, as I was just contemplating going outside to sit and read, and asked the BF to go for a walk in the woods later. You’ve gotta enjoy what you’ve got for sure. πŸ™‚

  8. I know what you mean. I live so close to several beaches and I hardly ever go there. Actually I don’t think I’ve gone there once all summer. That needs to change!

  9. I love the beach as I grew up there and I have always felt that I would love to move away from where I live now. But the last couple of years I really feel so glad to come ‘home’ whenever I drive into town. It’s only taken me 30 years but I really do feel like I belong here now and the beach is a place that I visit

  10. Nice to be reminded to appreciate what I have, I do live somewhere beautiful and take it for granted all too often.

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