Of all the places in the World why do we Live Here?

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 15th Sep 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Why do you live where you do? Humans have populated this planet, not bad for a small defenceless ape from Africa, we live just about everywhere from frozen wastes of the Arctic to the hottest desert sands, this is not so much about adaptability, but about a thirst for something unique, something called home.

A Place to Live

Why do we live where we live? This is an intriguing question but for the vast majority of us there is a simple answer, it is within 50 miles of the place we grew up, we have always lived there and we will probably die there, its a shocking fact isn't it. For most people there is a comfort gene that keeps us where we are most comfortable, which is probably linked to the same genes which make us lazy - why do something when we do not need to? Certainly uprooting your whole life and saying "Good Bye" to people you have known your whole life can certainly seem a challenge, yet we will think nothing of moving to a classy neighbourhood on other side of town if the right opportunity presents itself. For many this is their life's desire, nothing more or less will do and achieving it seems to be a lifetime goal.

Statistically 90% of people die within 50 miles of the town they were born in, yet there are many of that 10% that are happy to pick up roots time and time again and become the modern nomads.

Picking up Roots

It is quite a challenge to pick-up your roots and move thousands of miles to a new land, a new continent, even if you have nothing but the clothes on your back to take with you the challenge is often more than moving to the next town with a house full of possessions - as traumatic as that can be. I live with a serial migrant and have emigrated myself and have to say that I have enjoyed the move. There are many mixed emotions associated with such a move and that in and of itself can be part of the thrill, this is what many people made the trip across foreboding oceans to reach their destination, often a barren land offering nothing but hope like those who travelled to America, Australia, or other places in past centuries, the true homesteaders who had to break new ground in order to survive, many of which died in search of their dreams.

In the modern world there are no more uncharted territories to discover, unless this planet suddenly sprouts a new continent, and yet a small percentage of people still travel halfway across the globe in search of their dreams, of course the dreams are different to those of yesteryear but they are still a voyage of discovery, it is perhaps more one of self discovery. The destination may be already populated but for the person migrating is discovering something new, something which to them at least seems exciting and new and that perhaps explains some of the thrill, the reason to pick-up roots and travel to new lands, yet the challenges are still the same as in the land they left, earning and feeding that person and their family, although in truth their earnings potential may be different.

Some people pick up their roots as soon as they leave for college or university because it is their college town that becomes their base for the rest of their lives, this is logical because those varsity friendships can last a lifetime.

There are as many reasons to move as to stay in the areas you were born in. Part of this reason may be to do with our human nature, it has been established that mankind's origins were in Africa and we explored and populated the globe, by foot, in less than ten thousand years of the dawning of our species.

Somewhere Familiar

Here I live thousands of miles from my birthplace, in a place that I do call home yet many of the people that I know were born here and have spent the majority of there lives here, some have moved away to return but here is where they all call home. I know that I am an outsider, but they do not treat me that way (which is a distinct contrast to some places in this world).

The truth is that familiar places change, the place I spent my youth playing football with my friends is not the same - I do not need to see it to know that, just live in the same street for five years and you will see change, old houses being knocked down, new ones going up, the old, the familiar is never quite so old of familiar because the truth is change is a constant in our lives, we may not notice it and often that is because we soon adopt the new as having been there for as long as we can remember it, but how familiar is it? Perhaps not as familiar as we may think yet we so easily forget the new being built and we also forget what was once there.

About Community

To a large extent what brings us to a place may be the job or the people we may know but that is not necessarily keeps us in a particular place, that has much to do with our family and friends around us as well as the links we make in the community. What that is for you may be different for you than it is for me, but it is this that is likely to make us happy and keeps us happy. It does not guarantee we will stay forever (because our tastes do change over time), but that is probably what works for us right now.

There can never be any guarantees about the future, because we do not know what tomorrow will bring, and we will never know how that may affect us over time, right now we do what is right for us or for our family but we never know what tomorrow may bring.

Why live here?

Why we live in the place we do can certainly have some varied reasons for being there in the first place maybe it was because we were born there, maybe we came for work, maybe we came there because of a relationship, whatever the reason it is often the reason for staying that is more important and that has as much to do with comfort as anything else.

If you ask yourself why you live here you will come up with any of a couple of dozen different answers and perhaps there are many reasons, but know this there are no right or wrong answers to this question.

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A Place To Live, Comfort Gene, Move Thousands Of Miles, New Continent, New Land, Pick-Up Your Roots, Something Called Home, Somewhere Familiar, Where Do You Live, Why, Why Live Here

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author avatar M G Singh
15th Sep 2013 (#)

Wonderful post Peter.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
15th Sep 2013 (#)

I grew up in Michigan, but after meeting my wife, who refused to come to the states, I now find myself in rural Alberta!

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author avatar Retired
15th Sep 2013 (#)

Well I live in a village. I rather like that after town for most of my life and could not wait to get away from where I grew up. It is just about 70 miles away from that. I guess though it was only 10 miles or so from where my grandmother lived and now I am discovering ancestors also lived near to Oxford........

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
15th Sep 2013 (#)

great piece Peter...what a question to ask...ponder on it I will...have moved across the Atlantic many times to live in the UK and then NYC and Miami and here I am why...only heaven knows... except karma knows I am sure..probably will be here till the day I transcend for good!!!!

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
15th Sep 2013 (#)

Great read. My father was a traveling salesman/business owner so my mother and I went with him on road trips until I started school. I had visited and explored 17 states before I was five. It was an adventure for a child.

My father thought there was “no place like home.” I have lived in Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland, and for the last 28 years, back in Georgia.

Sometimes the circle is small and sometimes the circle is large and and takes us a while to get back to the “beginning.”

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Sep 2013 (#)

Interesting perspective Peter. I have moved around within Asia and I do not know where I will be when I leave this world but I feel comfortable everywhere as I find people are just the same. They reciprocate in the the way we deal with them. I have fel blessed everywhere and feel part of society - siva

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author avatar C.D. Moore
16th Sep 2013 (#)

Wow, I had no idea people stayed so close to their birthplace in this day and age.

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author avatar writestuff
16th Sep 2013 (#)

Your article is right on target. Although, I have some siblings and relatives in the USA ( New York, GA, Washington D.C. MD) and London,England, I am still only 50 miles away from where I grew up.

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author avatar Trillionaire
16th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, thanks, was very interesting.

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author avatar Peppernina63
16th Sep 2013 (#)

Great read, Peter, Thanks for sharing. I'm in Arizona, but was born and raised in Bastrop, Louisiana. I also moved to Texas away from my home tome.

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author avatar Denise Salmon
17th Sep 2013 (#)

Good article, I think we don't like change.

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author avatar Retired
18th Sep 2013 (#)

Great article! That is some thing I used to think myself too! But then honestly never got to find another place, at least in my mind.. :-)

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