Small towns have the biggest hearts.
They strap you in from the start.
There is a difference between dreaming big
And not dreaming at all.
Living in Los Angeles makes it easy to forget the way of the “normal” world; getting places quickly, finding parking spots on command, leaving your doors unlocked during the day…
But there are undesirable facts about most small towns across the country; a sea of chain restaurants, lack of fresh and healthy food options, minds less opened to different walks of life and opinions about the world in general.
I’m in my small hometown visiting family for a little summer vacation. Mansfield, Ohio is known for it’s monolithic prison where the Shawshank Redemption was filmed. When finally moving from Mansfield, I felt very similar to one particular scene in the award winning movie. While it’s fantastic being around family and friends, it does make me realize that I take for granted many things that a large city offers, like fresh local produce, the juice and smoothie shop that’s walking distance from my home, my Vitamix, restaurants that have more on the menu for children besides chicken fingers and french fries!
I’m sitting in a fantastic coffee shop called RELAX, it’s just coffee. They just happen to use some of my favorite coffee beans from a popular coffee shop walking distance from my home in L.A. Proving once again the we live in a small world. And upon walking to the coffee shop, I noticed people setting up stands for their weekly Farmer’s Market! I also just ran into some old friends who advised me that there were now some natural food markets around town, a health food store that carries the fish oil that I forgot at home, etc. In short, you can find your tribe anywhere, if you’re willing to look for them!
On top of all this, I will be enjoying quality time with the family, showing them how to prepare some healthy dishes, giving some delicious non-sugar options to prepare on the quick, grilling some local, grass-fed meats for the 4th, and most importantly: getting some needed rest!
We all tend to go 100mph down the road of life. We tend to forget that the pause is just as important.
This might be my favorite quality of small towns, they seem to allow and understand the pause much more than the Big City.
Okay, I’m off to relax and teach my daughter to swim.