Recently I was looking at Parent Map, a local parenting publication’s website. While there I took a quick online poll and answered a question about “Which of these lifestyles appeals most to you?” The choices ranged from living in a downtown condo to living off the land to keeping life exactly as it is.
While I am very happy with my life, I chose living off the land in this poll. I chose this because I often think about the pace at which we live — the commute to work, the lines at the grocery store, the malls with racks of clothes we don’t need. In these moments, a more laid back life, living on a farm away from the hustle and bustle, is really appealing.
Once I’d selected my answer in the poll, the overall results populated. Come to find out, I’m not alone in my desire to get in the slow lane – over 60% of the other pollsters had also selected this “return to the land” option.
It may be that once we’d all moved to the farms they would start to resemble the modern city, or it may be that we’d realize that farm life has its own hustle and bustle. Regardless, while I’m still here in the big city, I’m going to make an effort to live in the slow lane a little more often.