Urban Fatigue?

Is life in the city beginning to lose its appeal for you?

Cities can be full of thrills, excitement and events, great for those who enjoy a restless lifestyle. But over time the fun wears off and the realities of daily living set in.

Take a typical scenario. You’ve moved into a comfortable apartment in a busy residential area.  It’s close to your job, so you can bicycle instead of using your car. Life is good except for the occasional annoyances, like finding yourself awaken at 2:00 a.m. to the sound of neighbors screaming.  This continues for a long time until the police arrive.  You finally get back to sleep but rue the fact that you have to be at work at 8:00 a.m. This happens every couple of weeks, until the quarrelsome tenants are finally given notice to leave.  Then, a new neighbor moves in bringing along a barking dog. Then garbage collection times change and your habitual relaxing early morning reverie is interrupted by the loud banging of dumpsters.

You begin to wonder: what can I do to get some peace and quiet?

Take another scenario: you and your spouse are proud of your accomplishments. You’ve worked hard, established good credit, and through savings and careful spending, secured a nest egg to secure a mortgage for your first house. It is in a nice part of town, a quiet suburban area, and school for your five-year-old daughter is literally walking distance.  Then one day your boss calls you in and confides “we’re going to be making some changes”. Two weeks later you get a pink slip.  You find another job quickly, but it isn’t as well-paying.  Your mortgage becomes a burden, and your spouse has to work extra hours just to make ends meet.

You ask yourself: how could we reduce the financial stress that has robbed our family of the fun and good times we used to have?

Another scenario: you’re a professional mechanic, and started working on vehicles while you were in the service.  Because of your mechanical skill and knowledge, you’re often asked to help others get their cars running.  You come home to your nice condo where you’ve been living for about a year, when a kindly older woman living in a nearby unit comes to ask if you could help her get her car started. You’re checking the engine with the hood open while asking her to try starting the car, when a nearby tenant—and stickler of the rules—interrupts to warn you and the woman you’re helping: “You can’t do this here!  It’s a violation of HOA rules!  I’ll have to report you!” Eventually this self-appointed busybody slinks away after you and the woman you’re helping have some unkind words with him.

You wonder where you could live without having to deal with an HOA, and despicable creatures such as him.

And another: you’ve finally made it home after a long and tiring day on the job.  You fall into your easy chair and are resting and gradually unwinding from what was not a great day.  Suddenly there’s a loud knock on the front door of your nice, compact suburban home, which you purchased last year.  Answering the door you’re greeted by a well-dressed young man carrying either: a vacuum cleaner, a handful of magazines, some religious newsletter or any of dozen other things they may be trying to sell you.  They are persistent, but in time you  convince them that you are in no frame of mind to buy anything.

As they finally walk away, you ask yourself: is there any place where I don’t have to deal with these kind of people?

Last of all, let’s suppose that it’s a typical Arizona summer, and there’s a full-on heat wave. It is late June or early July, and afternoon temperatures soar well above one hundred, or even—depending on which city in the desert you live in—over one hundred and ten. You and your family are miserable, whether commuting to and from work, or taking care of local errands. You have a lot of vacation time saved up on your job, have a compact but serviceable trailer in the back yard, and your beloved old pickup truck. You would love to take a summer holiday somewhere, anywhere, but don’t have any place to go.

You ask yourself: well, what if you did?

We could go on, but if  some of the above remind you of your own life’s experiences, and if your having similar musings on your situation, you’re not alone.

Urban Fatigue is only the latest name for this.  Stay tuned as we explore alternatives in an upcoming blog!