The first time a person visits New York City, they are immediately taken over by the energy of the city. People move at a fast pace in all directions, unaware of what is happening around them. If you look into the eyes of the people passing you on the street, you will see a look of purpose; they know where they are going and how to get there quickly. Or you will find them with their faces on their cell phones, checking messages or texting, still unaware of what is happening around them. Everyone is walking at the same pace as if someone placed batteries in them, making them move like the “Energizer Bunny”. The pace seldom varies. You can always tell a tourist from the natives by the pace they move through the city.
In a small town, people take time to notice things around them. If they pass someone on the street, it is not uncommon for them to stop and have chat, find out about the family, or what is going on in their lives. Or at the minimum, you will exchange greetings. They take the time to stop and “smell the roses”. Their pace of movement depends on how they feel and varies from minute to minute.
A New Yorker uses the city to entertain them whereas a small-town person entertains themselves.
A New Yorker is more into themselves whereas small town people are more into a community. It is not uncommon for a New Yorker to show up 15-30 minutes late to a meeting with friends with no apology; it is just a given fact. In a small town, everyone arrives on time to meet friends or attend parties and often early to help set up. If they are late, there are all types of sincere apologies. Coming from a small town, I have retained a lot of those values, but as a result, I spend a lot of time waiting for my friends who are late when we have set a time to meet.
But when I look at the two locations, one is not right and one is not wrong. They are just different. Just as difficult for a small-town person to adjust to a large city, a city person would have the difficulties adjusting to a small town. Everyone should try both and figure out which one is best for them.
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