When you have worked for 30 plus years in the city, you long for those noiseless, star filled blue skies and fresh air. There is a good possibility you being thoroughly disappointed when you actually get to your new home many miles away from your sleek, hoity toity city living. You should not misunderstand, rural living has its own beauty that you could enjoy if only you accept a few truths about it. So here’s a bit of ‘things to know’ to help you decide if you are cut out for it or even if you have already made-up your mind on the move. Either way we hope it will help you enjoy life better.

Accept that things are not as you imagined

Remember how Jo (from little women-novel) or Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice-Novel) ended with mud or dirt on the hems of their dresses and the boots. That is true. There is dirt in the country because it is not tar or concrete carpeted. But what you will not find is the horrible city garbage. At least for now, it is not too polluted. Those beautiful trees and flowerbeds, you always dreamt of having, well you can have them but you will have to be attended to by self and be prepared to get down and dirty. There is a possibility you might not find a readily available gardener.

If you are broke then may be it is not a good idea

We thing country living is less costly. It could be if you are willing to live without hot running water, electricity and the Internet and why not add a wagon to it instead of a four-wheeler. The truth is you need these basic facilities or a good storage space.

You would need water tanks; you would need solar power if direct electricity is not available, and will have to figure out connectivity and travel costs to mention a few. So if it is debt that is making you chose country over city then think again. But if you could save-up and then make your move, there is a very good possibility of setting-up a comfortable home plus maybe a barn or a rural sheds to begin your work.

Mingling will not kill you

Keeping to our selves, is a technique to survive in the city. However, for country it might not be too advisable. Especially true if you are the newbie around the village. Ask for help. Don’t pretend to know how to live in the rural area just because of what you have read. There’s so much more that experience can teach us that do not really get penned down. So don’t walk around like a city snob, instead make friends, ask how things work. Of course, these are small spaces. Everyone knows everyone and what goes on. Things we are certainly not used to. So it might take some skill and a bit of give and take and getting used to, to accept a new way of living.