Rural life rules
The serene silence of the boundless countryside or the busy cluster of people on a sidewalk all engulfed in their own worlds — which one would you choose?
Personally, one of the things I love most about living in a small rural town is when I’m walking down the street, everyone waves or stops to say “how are you?” or even “you played a great game of netty on the weekend!”.
It doesn’t matter if you’re not best mates — they probably played football with your dad years ago or they might be friends with your mum.
It’s the sense of mateship, even in situations where you might not know the individual, that you just don’t get in an urban environment.
The memories I have of sleepovers at my friend’s farm riding motorbikes around the endless paddocks or when we would climb the silos and watch the sunset would not have been created if I grew up in a city.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the city and its exhilarating atmosphere.
Things like walking around the crowded streets are just part of the package.
I love beautiful wall art and shopping trips with my family — even if we have to drag Dad to the shops because he Ånds it too boring.
It’s always nice to swap the long tree lines and vast crops for tall buildings and extensive nightlife.
Although, for a kid living in the city there’s not many opportunities to explore the freedom of your imagination. Sure, there are many artiÅcial things to do, but there’s nothing like the numerous green paddocks racing by your car window to trap you in a world of your own.
City kids not only have access to movie theatres that are just around the corner and concert venues that are less than 15 minutes away (providing you’re the only car on the road) but also an urban living situation that can provide a sustainable, modern lifestyle.
Living in a small town, I know the lengthy effort of getting to a shopping centre big enough to have a range of good shops.
It takes me a bit under an hour to get home from school in the afternoon, just because that’s the way of life in country towns; most things are spread a fair way apart.
As a kid growing up in Tocumwal my whole life with paddocks and dirt roads surrounding my street, I have always liked being able to go for a walk or ride my bike around the dirt roads near my house.
Being the only one in what might feel like the middle-of-nowhere gives me a sense of liberty and lets my imagination run free.
Weekends spent in town with my friends, getting ice-cream from the local icecreamery and exploring our favourite hidden gems around town are weekends well-spent, in my opinion.
After all, home is where you feel most happy.
Scenes from Maddison’s rural home town.