Returning to Nature?
This morning, I saw a video by Appalachia's Homestead in which Patara talked about people picking up stakes, in DROVES, and moving to her state of Tennessee. (It does seem like a very popular place at the moment!)
Later I watched a video by Hoppy Quick (he's a woodsman living in the Catskill Mountains). In one of his videos, he made a comment about how we're all moving back to nature.
Months ago, during the stay-at-home orders in our state, I found myself connecting with nature in a way I never have before. I also kept homesteading videos on, started watching old episodes of TV shows like "Christy" and "Dr. Quinn".
Do you see a movement of people in your area heading back into nature? Maybe people are fleeing cities, seeking freedom, reconnecting with their roots? Perhaps I'm wrong. I've been living in the countryside for a few years and I'll tell you, I feel safer. Things are less weird out here.
I love living in the country. I think the Pluto in Libra generation has a thing with authenticity which I think plays a part. Also finances. Tennessee is not going to be cheap forever though.
Many are moving from big coastal cities to southern states states such as Texas, North Carolina and Florida because they want to be safer from riots and for a better tax situation.
I think people are fleeing cities for the obvious reasons stated above, more than they are committing to reconnect with nature. There are a ton of popular homesteading channels on youtube and social media, but I don't believe that trend is anything new - I think it's just been sensationalized for mass consumption.
I love the country and have lived in a rural area for a long, long time. Connecting with nature changed my life in incredible ways for the better. Over the years, I've noticed some city people that have moved out my way. I can always tell who they are because they're afraid of the dark, the sounds from the woods at night and all the animals that wander around. They light their houses up outside half the night out of fear.
It takes awhile to adjust to the darkness and sounds of the country at night if you're used to city living.
Now with Covid and all the crime in the cities out of control, a lot of city dwellers are looking to move out in my neck of the woods.
Absolutely, and now with remote working from home becoming more manageable and available, people have more options to do so.
I can't wait to get away from the city, I am disgusted with it at this point.