We had a pleasant visitor today, a reporter from the Denver Post who is putting together their final piece for a series on rural life across our state. Kevin Simpson came down to visit with us about why we came here, and did we find what we were looking for in choosing the La Veta – Walsenburg area for retirement.
Here’s what he came up with. I think he did a great job of LISTENING to those of us who chose to leave city life behind
Colorado Divide: Why some Coloradans are cashing out of the Front Range and seeking their rural happily-ever-after
And, of course, that got me thinking along the same lines. The answer for me is a resounding YES! What has surprised me the most is how much my own choices have changed me.
As most of you know, I’m almost certain I would have never had the courage to move to this area on my own. I can now see our move to Walsenburg three and a half years ago was nothing short of traumatic for me. At first it felt like I was getting lots of tough things to adjust to with few upgrades in my lifestyle. In other words, I was very short-sighted. I have always wanted to be a go-with-the-flow type, but I’m not.
It took me over a year and a brand new solar home to decide that I had made the right choice. Only after moving in and living here for a while did I fully appreciate an amazing new lifestyle for myself. And, there’s the rub. I had to take what felt like a gigantic leap of faith to find out how I would feel after I had lived here for a while. Some said rent for a year or two before committing to a new place, but that would not have worked for us. Decent rentals are extremely hard to find here, and living in your own solar home in the foothills outside of town is certainly not the same experience as living in a 100-year-old miner’s home in Walsenburg.
In this process I learned how much I love living close to nature and in silence. Overall I would say the BEST part of living here for me is the silence and lack of daily stress. My newfound ability to live completely in the moment has been a great and wonderful surprise! OK, so I am a contemplative person, but as we age these things become so much more important to us.
“…we all know how this ends, so rushing through life is senseless. As our inner life grows ever more luminous, the chatter of the speed-and-greed world slowly fades, leaving us with greater peace, tranquility, quiet and contentment.” — Arthur Rosenfeld
9 thoughts on “Colorado Divide: Rural versus Urban”
Ah, lovely, Laura. I am living vicariously through you!
Me too Gail, me too!
I love this quote and picture…if only people could feel this way especially as we age.
The rewards for accepting this reality are many and varied 😉
I spent about 6 weeks out in rural Colorado helping my sister take care of my parents and can see how you would enjoy it there. It’s spectacularly beautiful. I’m basically a city slicker but the expense of it in rent makes it tempting to leave it all and run to the hills.
Hi Rebecca! So happy you were able to experience a bit of rural Colorado life. The costs of living in cities were so much more than I realized until I finally left for good!
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Laura your photos are breathtaking! Thank you for sharing them.
Sure Sue. It’s my pleasure.