However, I do not want you to get the impression that this is all about rural bashing. If I disliked it that much, I would move. There are many aspects of rural living that I love, and having straddled the rural/urban divide while in college, I recognize that there are misconceptions about both, as is very funnily illustrated in the 30 Rock episode, "Stone Mountain."
I will surely spend more time about why I choose to live here, but for now I will get back to my first steps:
- Instead of living out in the woods, where I really did need to drive to get anywhere, I now live in a very small village with a couple of key amenities, like sidewalks, a public access lake, a post office and a playground.
- I went back to school and studied rural planning in order to effectively contribute to the rural place in which I live.
- I now work from home, so I do not need to spend a huge chunk of my day commuting to a more urban place for work.
- I make a point of going to cities occasionally to get my fix and whenever possible I do this by train.