Someone asked me whey I like living in the city. It’s an interesting questions. We don’t go out to fancy restaurants or bars or anything very often, so it’s not really about going out on the town or anything. I don’t necessarily think the suburbs are boring, since I like doing things at home anyway. But I grew up in the suburbs, and a wealthy one at that. My family is definitely not as wealthy as many people in the area where my parents live and where I grew up, but even though we weren’t poor, either, my parents wouldn’t/couldn’t buy us all the latest trends, either. I’m glad they didn’t, and even growing up I never really wanted them to, but still I felt a great pressure to conform, to have all the hip clothes, etc. My mom made a lot of my clothes, and mostly I liked having unique, rather than trendy, things, but I did get teased a lot for it. Of course I know a lot of that is just school in general – I know city kids experience just as much peer pressure, but in the city there at least would be more kids whose families are not wealthy, so that maybe there wouldn’t be AS much pressure, and there’d probably be more kids whose parents were a bit “eccentric” (like me…), so perhaps kids would feel more free to be themselves and put less emphasis on conformity. I’d much rather have my kids grow up in that kind of environment than the one I grew up in. Sure, I liked having a yard and being safe, but the neighborhood we live in in the city is pretty safe, if you use common sense (which I think a lot of kids today are not being taught but definitely should be), and our yard isn’t huge, but we do have one, and there are parks nearby for playing.
I feel more free to be myself in the city, where are there are so many different types of people that I can find people who share my interests, or if I don’t, that’s okay – I can still do the things I enjoy and no one will give it a second thought. For me, being in the city is more about being myself and about diversity than about having lots of glamourous places to go and things to do. When we go out, we sometimes do the normal things like go to movies, but sometimes we can also do quirky, unusual things. Some examples of things I have done in the past: Klingon Christmas Carol, play vintage video games at the Chatterbox Pub, the British Advertising Awards screening at the Walker art museum, juggling shows, Zombie Pub Crawl, Circus Juventas youth circus, poetry slams, screenings of Doctor Who or Twin Peaks at local bars or theaters, cartoon brunch at the Suburban World theater, and we can also find lots of different kinds of world cuisine to try. I like trying different things, and that’s much easier in the city.