I’m not sure to consider ourselves fortunate for having had the ability to live out in the country for almost 8 years or deprived from civilization for having spent the past almost 8 years of our lives out in the middle of nowhere.
By all means, I wouldn’t consider Byron, GA a big “city”, but it does have a whole lot more going on than Lake Oconee, GA does. Things like Target, and having the ability to not be suckered in to always shopping at Publix because it is convenient, and having options of which Mass time to attend, and cheaper gas. With this life also comes traffic and waiting in lines and (at least for us, at the moment) neighborhood living.
I went to the bank the other day and I had 2 cars in front of me at the teller (before you make the comment "you should've gone through the ATM!" I'm going to say that I had to go to the teller, couldn’t do transaction through the ATM). I must have waited in line for at least 20 minutes. Back at Lake Oconee, it was a rare occasion if I came across more than 2 cars in the whole parking lot of the bank – let alone at the teller!
As I drive around these new areas, I realize that our house is not the only one with limited backyard privacy and it’s not the only one with neighbors that chat out on the street (which drive the dogs crazy). Back at the lake, it almost felt like an invasion of privacy when people walked past our house (which sat several yards from the street) – now we feel like we are up in everyone else’s business (specially the backyard neighbors…).
I’m not sure where I’m going with this post – I guess what I’m trying to say is that every living environment is different; each living environment has its pros and cons and we should appreciate what we have at the moment. I think it will be a good thing to experience “real life” even if it’s just for a year (length of lease).