Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Small Town Living vs The Big City

From day to day, we exist within a safety and comfort zone that we have created for ourselves over time. The friends we've made, the routes we drive, the stores we shop at, they all make up what we consider "safe" places to be for both ourselves and our family. This became overwhelming clear to me after a 4 day visit to Toronto.

First, let me start by saying that I used to be a big city girl, having lived in Toronto for years, but when I moved to the Maritimes, that all changed. I now live in a small town, outside of a reasonably small city. I know I'm not immune to the dangers of the world here, but most of the time, I consider it a safe place to live.
 
When in Toronto, 1 of 2.5 million people out and about, I encountered a few too many crazies for my liking. The first was on a streetcar. A man started yelling profanities at a woman because she bumped into him, or something equally as innocent, and he completely overreacted. He had zero logic in his words and kept suggesting that she call the police on him. Even just on my own this would have upset me, but it was in front of my 3 kids, who have very little exposure to the world. Next came the man, whose hands appeared to be covered in feces, who then proceeded to wipe them on the wall of a building. What is wrong with people?! And of course, there were many homeless people, across the city, sleeping and begging  for change on the street's corners. It is safe to say that Toronto is nothing like the Maritimes.

All of this said, there is so much to see and do in a big city like Toronto. From the BlueJays, amazing restaurants, theatre, shopping, Canada's Wonderland and so much more. We could have spent weeks there just to fit in all of the things we would have liked to see and do, but I wouldn't trade the Maritimes for big city life. 

I may walk at a slower clip than Torontonians and maybe I don't dress as nicely, but I hold the door for the person behind me and I'm never so rushed that I can't be polite.  I don't have to depend on 3 different modes of transportation to get around and I don't have to drive in constant traffic or swerve around the many street cars and millions of pedestrians. I like my life.

Don't get me wrong, Toronto is incredible. Our trip there, from beginning to end was really amazing. There are no words to express how grateful I am for the opportunity, but I am also grateful to be home safe.

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