We live 5 people to 700 square feet. One bathroom, no car. I (mostly) love it and have little desire to think about moving elsewhere. I imagine, vaguely, that someday we will find that the city no longer suits our needs and we’ll be forced to find a new home.
But I have a hard time convincing myself that the sacrifices we would have to make to do such a thing are worth it.
We would probably have to buy a car. Which means having to drive, buy gas, maintain and repair, insure. Ugh.
We’d likely get a house, with a yard. Which, again, means maintenance, yardwork, insurance. So many rooms to clean! Including, I assume, multiple bathrooms. Ugh.
And while wherever we move to will probably have lovely museums, artists and writers, outstanding cultural institutions, they will not be quite as highly concentrated, or as highly regarded, or as high quality, or as highly inspiring as those we have here.
Such huge sacrifices we would have to make to leave this place!
The great outdoors is not exactly just outside our door. Unless you count crazy homeless people as part of the wilderness.
And the time spent traveling around this tightly packed but HUGE city . . . I’m sure we could find other things to do with it.
Plus, if and when we leave, I doubt I’ll feel that I’m missing out on opportunities to see and experience and explore because we’re stuck at home during nap time. Maybe. But probably not.
(Of course, maybe by then we’ll be in a place where nap time doesn’t exist.)
I’ve always thought that sacrifice meant giving up something good for something better. Elsewhere is good, Brooklyn is better.
But maybe it’s not so cut and dry.
Maybe the things I never really considered to be sacrifices (cars, for example) are really part of the “better.” And maybe it’s just “good” to live in such a creatively stimulating environment. Maybe. But can you ever really know? Can you ever know, while you’re in the thick of it, if you’re sacrificing the good for the better, or the better for the good?
Then again. I suppose the better is where you are now, where you choose to be. The grass is greenest where you are.
And the wildlife, while maybe not as furry as you imagined it to be, is just as pungent and worth giving just as wide a berth to.