When was the last time you took a moment to appreciate the city you live in?
I’m fortunate to experience the beauty of Vancouver every day. My daily drive to work allows me the chance to see the mountains on the North Shore, when it’s not raining of course. The mountains, dusted with snow near the peaks, make for a perfect picture.
Being a transplant, people are interested in knowing what brought me to Vancouver. But it’s the next question that always throws me…”Do you like it more than Dallas?” Big D is my hometown, where I was born and raised. It’s like comparing apples and oranges. But Vancouver is where I live. And while I see the beauty in Vancouver, I also see it in Dallas and the many other beautiful places I’ve called home.
Often we don’t take enough time to see it, the beauty that makes our cities so special. Our daily lives with to-do lists, housekeeping, and family obligations can stand in the way of seeing our city in the same way tourists see it.
I challenge you to take some time this month to explore and appreciate the city where you live.
Even in the midst of the busy holiday season consider why you like where you live and what’s beautiful and unique about it. Maybe it’s the incredible swing set in the backyard for your kids or a great tree-lined street. Share you thoughts about your city in comments. And if you can, take a picture and post it online.
Who knows? Your comments can help someone plan their next vacation.