Friday, August 26, 2011

smaller town vs a bigger town

Kelowna kids_2, originally uploaded by veggy.

I have spent most of my life in the 'big' city of Vancouver. 2.7 million people isn't considered that big in the grand world of HUGE cities, but it's still bigger then the one i am in now. I am spending some time in Kelowna whose population explodes in the summer due to it's hot, dry heat and beautiful surrounding. Even there is a massive increase of people from all over BC and Alberta, there is something humbling about this space. People smile and say hi on the bike paths, stranger immediately introduce themselves at yoga studios, neighbors join in on conversations in the back ally's, mutual enjoyment of the small beach starts conversations, and then there's the farmer's market with its abundance of amazing local vegetables, fruits and treats. Don't get me wrong, you do get these things in the big city, but not as much. In the city people avoid eye contact, rarely smile or start conversations or do things with your neighbors. I have met more neighbors here in a month then i met in years living in condos. So as you can see i am enjoying this community living, and i challenge you to get more involved with your neighbors and say hi to people on the bike paths. A smile goes a long way.. oh and make sure to take a dip in the ocean or lake :)

No comments:

Post a Comment