As a daughter of the Deep South, a question I am commonly asked is, “Do you miss living where life is slow?” I usually just grin and say, “I do.”
And while the South is famous for porches and sweet tea, the “slow-living” stereotype is somewhat of a myth. People in the South are often just as inpatient, rushed and busy as people up North.
Regardless of geography, it’s an individual decision how you are going to live. I’ve lived in small towns and been insanely busy, yet lived in large cities taking it slow and simple.
Sure, there are factors that cause more stress in larger towns–traffic, cost of living, etc. But the truth is each of us has to make a personal choice to slow down.
Even with a packed schedule, you can have a stillness inside your soul that refuses to buy into a culture that reeks of stress. I dare you to stop dreaming about the day you’ll sit and sip sweet tea on a porch, and slow down where you are.