Musically Inspired – Dead End Towns & Daring to Change
21 May 2014
Everyone has a
different relationship with their home town, both growing up and as adults.
Some can’t wait to escape, others never want to leave. We all lead our own
lives and must make these decisions for ourselves, so I would never judge
someone for doing what makes them happy. But our home towns are just one tiny
corner of a large planet, which has a whole lot of stuff to offer.
As someone who
came from a small town where not a lot happens, I think it’s important for
people to experience life away from their home town. It doesn’t have to be
forever of course, but the world is such a huge place, with so many incredible
things on offer to experience, it seems like a waste to me if you don’t get out
there and see at least a little more of it. Some people might go off travelling
for a while and then still end up living in the same town their whole lives,
but at least they tried it. Not everyone is privileged enough to have
opportunities to see the world, which I fully understand, but if you do have
these opportunities, then take them. Even if it’s just a temporary move to a
bigger city, it’s something different.
It’s the people
who outright refuse to go anywhere else that I don’t understand. People who
stay inside the same cosy little bubble their entire lives, doing the same
routine day in, day out. There’s a whole world of culture and adventure, exciting
jobs possibilities and fascinating people that they’re missing out on. Change
can be scary, yes, but it’s what allows us to grow and develop as individuals,
gaining experience and independence. Staying stuck in what is comfortable and
familiar for your entire life means you miss out on a lot of things.
Circumstances may prevent some people from making the changes that they want to,
or even ought to, but if there’s nothing stopping you besides yourself then you
are probably wasting opportunities.
I think I just
find it frustrating more than anything else, to see people spending their whole
lives in the same job or town and never daring to make a change. This is especially
the case if they are unhappy, yet refuse to do anything about it, or are
wasting their own potential to do more. Some people may be scared of failing in
new ventures, but it’s better to try and fail than never try at all. Mistakes
and failures make us human, and should be viewed as opportunities to learn and
better ourselves. However, if you are genuinely happy in your safe bubble or
familiar routine, then by all means, continue. It’s not my place to interfere.
But if even a tiny part of you wants something more, or is curious about what else
the world has to offer; go find out!
I don’t think
anyone will ever regret venturing out into the world to try new things. They
may decide that whatever they’ve tried isn’t the right choice for them, but at
least they gave it a chance first. And it could be that taking a chance works
out, and you discover something wonderful or exciting or that just makes you
happy somehow. I think everyone regrets the chances they didn’t take far more
than those they did.