Should I stay or should I go??
November 29, 2010 11:39 AM Subscribe
25 year old single female (kinda) city mouse might go country mouse. How well advised is this move?? I would like to hear from people that have done this and loved it or hated it.
posted by anonymous to Grab Bag (28 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
I am debating leaving my life in Big City and heading to Little Town to put down some more roots there. It seems very trendy lately to "go back to the land" but I think my situation is a bit different. (snowflake alert!)
I lived in "Little Town" for about four years of my childhood and loved it. My parents still have a weekend residence there where we spend holidays, and my grandparents and a couple extended family members live there as well. It's an historic town (tons of pioneer structures and houses that have been restored) in a valley between big mountains of about 2,000 and about two hour's drive from "Big City".
About 10 months ago, I moved back from DC after working on the Hill there for almost 3 years after college. I liked it but missed the mountains and outdoors. I currently have a good job and own a house in a large Rocky Mountain city- vacation, benefits, etc in a career path I am interested in (government). I don't have a computer at my house, nor a TV (just to give you some context that I am not some urban technology goddess). People think that is crazy enough but I prefer to read or listen to the radio or play music.
However, the siren call of Little Town is beckoning me. I've always been interested in living in Little Town, but always thought it would be something in the future, maybe when I was older. My parents moved us to Little Town when they were about 30, but gave it up because the commute was too hard on my dad (pre-internet days). After spending Thanksgiving there, I started thinking of what it would be like to live there full time. I do have some friends that live down there (living off the land types/art types/out of the rat race types.)
I own my house in Big City, but could rent it out and make the move down to Little Town if I could find a decent job and a place to live (rent is dirt cheap). I already have chickens at my house in Big City, and could get goats, maybe a cow, bees, etc in Little Town. That is part of the appeal to me.
I could maybe get a job down there with a state or federal agency with the contacts I have in my current job.
TL;DR - As a 25 year old single female, am I crazy to be considering this? Yesterday I shared this idea with a couple of close friends who now think I am now insane.
Pros: Living in a snug house on a chunk of land zoned for uses that I am interested in pursuing, along with good neighbors (there is a strong art/alt community in this town and lots of interesting people), having more access to land for projects I am interested in, more focus on music and other pursuits. Beautiful wilderness literally a mile from the town. Having a car will give me access to Big City. Living close to my grandparents, who are getting up there in years and not as mobile as they used to be.
Cons: The potential to isolate myself in this small community, and giving up a good job? I wouldn't move before securing employment but still these are shaky times. Leaving my little life in Big City for Little Town might have more downsides I'm not thinking of.
To sum up:
Has anyone out here done this at my age?
If yes, what would you have done differently?
Has anyone done this and regretted it?
What are potential job opportunities I am not thinking of (most people work in agriculture or ranching down there)?
What things am I missing/not thinking through??
I have a good emergency fund saved up, my car is paid off, I think financially I could handle it but want to make sure I'm thinking this through and am not missing anything obvious.