If you asked me where I wanted to live a year ago…
I would have said New York, LA, London, or Hong Kong with great excitement in my eyes.
Yes, I used to dream of living in a big city. The bigger, the busier, the more high rises, the faster–paced the environment, the better.
The idea of a busy lifestyle (me strutting down a cosmopolitan street full of high-end stores and skyscrapers with a latte in hand, trying out every new food craze) meant happiness for some reason. In hindsight, maybe it was because I watched too much MTV Reality TV when I was younger.
However I’ve changed a lot…
Now, I want to live in a small town.
A town where people smile and nod to each other as they pass by. I want to live near nature where I can feel most human. Surprisingly, I no longer want a glass walled corner office at a large corporation. That is no longer the symbol of success, although it used to be…I want to live as simply as I can with my love ones. Ideally, I’d like whatever work I do to somehow contribute to the well-being of my community.
I recently visited Nelson, BC (Canada). This town has a population of 10,000 people and their downtown comprises of 3 streets. The photo below shows the city’s landscape from a viewpoint that we hiked up to. The sun emerged from the clouds shortly after this photo.
When I first told my friends that I was going there, everyone was surprised. “WHY? What is there to do there?” And I said, “Nothing really…but that’s why I’m going :).”
Sure, stores close earlier here, there is nothing that opens 24/7 and there’s certainly no McDonalds or Tim Hortons (the town’s people refuse corporations from opening up shop here). However I believe that we all need a little less stimuli and a little more time alone with ourselves and each other to reach true peace and happiness in our lives.
Now I wouldn’t go as far as saying there’s nothing to do in Nelson. There is the beautiful Valhalla Provincial Park only an hour’s drive away, the natural hot spring caves at Ainsworth Hot Springs, one of BC’s top Ski resorts called Whitewater, a great restaurant scene, and quite the nightlife as well!
The purpose of us going there was to see what it would be like to live in a small town, and to also see if the people there would be our type of people. Indeed, it confirmed that they were. Me and my partner had the best conversations with the people in town on this trip and we both miss Nelson terribly. Even if we do not end up moving there in the future (it is hard to find a job that can support us comfortably there unless we bring our own jobs to the city, or have an online business), Nelson will always have a special place in our hearts #cheesy.
This is a sign we saw at a neighbouring small town called Kaslo. We found signs on stores like the one below: “Closed for the Season, Returning May 2018”
By the way, it’s October 2017.