Small Town Way of Life Beneficial to Young Families

For many people, it seems like every minute of every day is scheduled with some activity. If it’s not in meetings or at work, it’s keeping appointments or shopping. If it’s not preparing or consuming a meal, it’s commuting or waiting in a line somewhere. The urgent things in our busy lives leave precious little time for the important things in life—the things we truly love to do. Since there’s no way to add minutes to our day, the only relief to be found is by reducing the amount of time spent in various activities. 

With ever-increasing demands on our time, it benefits us to find ways to have more time to ourselves—more time for those things we really want to do but keep getting put off.

Q: How can we get more young adults and young families interested in living in Okmulgee?

Young people live busy lives. Their time is valuable and how they allocate their time is important to them. If we can show them how they can stretch their time further by living in a small town like Okmulgee, they might be more inclined to consider making their home here.

In previous weeks, we covered social, economic, as well as physical and mental advantages of living in a small town. With this week’s installment, I would like for us to concentrate on the “timesaving advantages” of living in a small town:

  • There are fewer crowds. When you go out on a Saturday night, you won't be waiting in line 45 minutes for a table or fighting to find seats in a crowded movie theater. It’s nice to have your choice of seats at a showing of a popular movie and not have to worry about purchasing your tickets in advance.
  • There’s less time stuck in traffic. Small town life means shorter commutes, no sitting in traffic, and no road rage. With fewer residents, there’s no rush hour. You can drive across town in 10 minutes. You'll save time and gas money, and if you're a runner or cyclist, you'll enjoy not having to jostle for space among heavy traffic.
  • Fewer things to do means freedom to do more. While there aren’t as many places to hang out or major events to attend, you’ll have more time to pick up a hobby or learn a new skill. You’ll have more money at the end of your paycheck for discretional spending, and because you live on less, you can do more.
  • It’s easy to get involved. Fewer people in a town means fewer volunteers and more opportunities to lend a hand. You won’t likely be turned away if you offer to help. There’s more opportunities for community and civic involvement.
  • There’s actual time to decompress. While many city dwellers convince themselves that their long daily commutes offer them “time to decompress,” time behind the wheel can never be as relaxing as time on your front porch or with your family.

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