Why Rustic Life is Better Than Urban Life

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to life in several major cities. I have also had the opportunity to live in the countryside, you know, in the rural areas. I have come to the conclusion that rustic life is better than urban life. I back that assertion (to the effect that the rustic life is better than urban life) with several reasons.

Firstly, rustic life tends to have fewer pressures, compared to urban life. The people who live in the bigger cities have to deal with traffic jams. They also have to live with the pressures that come with living in high-rise apartments. Further, they have to deal with tight schedules, noise and lots of other unpleasant things. Come to think of it, it is the stress-free existence in a rural setting that has enable me to concentrate on my passion for poetry. – which was always hard when I lived in the major cities.

Secondly, the people in the rural areas tend to be much friendlier than the people in urban areas. This is actually why it is possible for people in the major cities to end up being ‘lonely’ — in spite of the sea of humanity around them.

Thirdly, security tends to be better in the rural areas, compared to the urban areas. When I lived in major cities, I observed that almost all streets had gangs that considered them to be their fiefdoms, you know, their turfs. I don’t see that in the rural areas, thankfully.

Of course, the rustic life does also have its drawbacks. For one, there are fewer economic opportunities in the rural areas. Bigger companies (which are also the major employers) tend to only have operations in the urban areas: meaning that getting a proper job in a rural area is a tall order. Communication also used to be difficult in the rural areas. But that has changed, with the advent of the Internet era. Thanks to satellite-based Internet, it is possible for a person is in a very remote place to, say, access the Att.net login page, which is to be found at www.sbcglobal.net, (that is, going by the description provided at the Emailaccounts website). The person in question can then proceed to log into his or her email account there. And having done so, they get a chance to communicate, free of charge, with anybody in any part of the world. There is also the possibility of VOIP telephony and other technologies through which people in the remote parts can maintain contact with the rest of the world.

Earning a Living Through Poetry

Why is it so hard to earn a living through poetry? This is a question I keep on asking myself, whenever I look at the options through which a poet can earn money. And it is against a background where I happen to be a reasonably talented poet — and where many of the people who know me keep on asking me how much money I earn through poetry. Whenever this question comes up in a discussion, I tend to blush and change the topic swiftly. I react that way because I am too ashamed to talk about the money I earn through poetry. If I was to be honest about it, the truth of the matter is that the amount of money I earn through poetry is pitiful. Peanuts. I have spent countless nights writing poetry – I am more of a night owl, as I told my readers in an earlier post.  And after putting in so much effort, I have often ended up with money that is not even enough to finance my coffee habit. Continue reading “Earning a Living Through Poetry”

The Downside to Being a Night Owl

I confess that I am a night owl. This is to say that I am a person who prefers to stay awake late into the night, and then wake up late in the morning. My ideal daily program is one where I go to sleep by 4 Am, and wake up by 11 Am or 12 Pm. The opposite of a night owl is a morning bird: in which regard I have some friends who actually prefer to go to bed early, and then wake up early in the morning. These are the sorts of folks who would prefer to be in bed by 10 Pm, in order to arise by 4 Am or 5 Am.

Being a night owl has its advantages. But in today’s blog post, I will be focusing on the downsides to being a night owl. These are, in other words, the reasons as to why I sometimes wish that I was more of a morning bird kind of person. Continue reading “The Downside to Being a Night Owl”