It is a small world. I have been touring for a few weeks and in all places I’m going I meet individuals from Texas. Earth, Shamrock, Farwell, Littlefield. You’re in all places. When individuals ask me the place I’m from there are two responses. The primary response is curiosity. That response is from individuals who have by no means been to West Texas. They marvel about my transition from massive metropolis life to small city life.
One lady described her every day 55 mile commute from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. For 2 years she drove a further 20 miles to finish graduate faculty. On prime of that she has a husband and two young children who require her consideration. I keep in mind these days. I commuted to work, class, and an internship whereas I used to be in graduate faculty in Philadelphia. Hundreds of different individuals within the space drove from place to put. The journey appeared infinite and the visitors was terrible.
Once I moved to upstate New York to work on my doctorate, I used to be acutely aware of how a lot stress I would go away behind. The straightforward life was very interesting. After I completed my research I stayed for some time and loved the peace and quiet. Going again to go to the town meant visitors, crowds, and unpredictable every day interactions. Once I lived there I did not discover any of these issues.
The second response I get when individuals ask me the place I reside is full understanding. These individuals often inform me that they’re from someplace shut by. Typically, they’ve moved elsewhere and returned to their West Texas cities. A decide from one small city described his commute. Ten minutes after he finishes tying his tie, he’s on the bench listening to his first case. He and his spouse raised three youngsters in his city and are glad to remain there.
I consider that the flashiness and pleasure of metropolis life is fiction. In films and tv, individuals reside fabulous lives and are all the time in the midst of an journey. The every day grind isn’t depicted in an trustworthy method. We see large flats, glamorous work, and delightful individuals. In actuality, there’s extra occurring within the metropolis, good and dangerous. There are extra individuals, good and dangerous. The frequency of excellent and dangerous days is about the identical. Is it thrilling? Sure, there’s fixed exercise. The remaining is Hollywood fantasy. The police do not appear to be Will Smith and the waitresses do not seem like Jennifer Aniston. It will be good although!
One of many advantages of being a scholar at Wayland is the choice to take courses on the exterior campuses. There are campuses in giant cities like Phoenix, San Antonio, and Albuquerque the place college students can expertise a change of environment and see totally different life. The most important distinction is that these campuses cater to grownup college students. Individuals with jobs, households, and different obligations take courses at night time and on weekends. What we name “non-traditional” college students are literally individuals who have fascinating lives, perhaps a couple of of them are even glamorous, however the priorities are the identical. Getting an schooling and having a greater life.
Now that I consider it there are fellow small city individuals who don’t perceive the attraction to individuals like me. They assume it’s too predictable and boring. They’re real looking concerning the lack of alternatives in a closed group, however their concepts about bustling metropolis life are often based mostly on tv or films. Their eyes glaze over they usually ask why anybody would ever select this over that. I might select a TV life too, if I had a selection. Big flats, night robes, and unique holidays are very engaging, that is why we see them on a regular basis! However individuals are individuals and I might select small city individuals any time. In truth, I have already got.