Did you grow up in the city or country? 2



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Where you grow up shapes who you become. It’s particularly different for those who grow in the country compared to the city. We’ve all heard the saying, “you can take the girl/boy from the country but you can’t take the country from the girl/boy”. No matter how much you try to deny it, your roots always expose themselves. Did you grow up in the city or country?

There always will be some things that city kids just don’t understand about growing up in the country. Can you relate to any of these characteristics of growing up in the country?

  • Everyone knows everyone and always helps out.
  • The journey to get to school was generally a long one.
  • You learned to drive at a young age. There were plenty of properties to practice on.

There has even been a study conducted by Stanford University that has found walking in nature can help to stop negative thought processes that can lead to depression and anxiety. It’s that rush of the city that can really inhibit our ability to truly absorb everything around us. You may have heard that days go by more slowly in the country, and it’s true. There aren’t as many distractions in the country, and a lack of services and home comforts can mean you really have time to think and relax, even if it’s just for a weekend.

Regardless, there’s always something comforting about being at home, whether it’s in the country or the city. Do you agree? Where did you grow up?

Feature image source: National Archives of Australia

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  1. I grew up in the country and wouldn’t have it any other way. We were dirt poor and a large family but I learnt many valuable lessons about survival and humility, and even if I could change that, I wouldn’t. I love who I am !!
    So many children today miss out on so much by not being able to spend time in the country enjoying the fresh air and nature, and learning how to look after themselves and the environment.
    I have done my time in the city, now I am back in the country where I choose to be. Enjoying all those things I remember from those younger years, plus many, many more.

  2. Country? Tsk! I arrived in Australia from Scotland in the late 50’s. We settled in Noble Park (about 20 miles from Melbourne) which was then considered – and was – country! Absolutely wonderful lifestyle as there were no made roads, “neighbours” separated by hectares of paddocks, cattle being drove along unmade roads, barbed wire fences with the obligatory snakes hanging therefrom, very very few cars and a long hike to the nearest school. The one service station we had served as the community hall with slide nights and bonfires and had three bowsers each of a different oil company. Everyone knew everyone and everyone pitched in to make a thoroughly enjoyable lifestyle.

    Alas, now Noble Park has a population of many thousands, traffic lights, traffic chaos and people live far more stress-filled lives with little time to soak up the surrounding wonders of nature that was once on their doorsteps.
    I understand that “progress” has to come but so often that progress is actually “regress” in so many ways.

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