Island serenity versus city anxiety?


“It’s okay to disagree with the thoughts or opinions expressed by other people. That doesn’t give you the right to deny any sense they might make.” ― Ashly Lorenzana

From time to time we all dream of abandoning the hustle and bustle and noise of city life and relocate ourselves and our families to a secluded island where the pace of life is generally easier to cope. Many times though unforseen reality wrinkles appear that make the retreat less desirable a place to reside at. 

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Living on a remote island location is definitely not for everyone. It demands a hearty,  self-sufficient type of individual who readily understands and welcomes the challenges associated with a more rugged style of life.

On a recent seven-day vacation trip to Saturna Island B.C., located on British Columbia’s lower Pacific coastal area, I discovered first hand that many of the myths associated with island living were just that: myths.

The weather was more than hospitable during my sojourn there but at times I began to realize that this lifestyle was not for me. After one week’s stay I was more than eager to board the plane ride home.

My brother-in-law is self-sufficient and is quite adept at literally carving out a lifestyle for himself and my sister-in-law. I am more of a city person and readily admit that I lack both the skill and the temperament to live in such a sublime and naturally challenging environment.

There were many anxious moments when island wind warnings were issued declaring that heavy gusts of wind could possibly knock down trees cutting off power lines to the homes located on the island.

I was told that if the power suddenly went out I was not to flush the toilet because the electric pump for the bathroom would not work and if I did flush an air bubble would choke the setup when the power did finally return.

The alternative if that happened: there was an outhouse at the top of the hill which could be used in such emergencies. Definitely not my cup of tea. Happily this did not happen.

I do salute all those folks who live on such islands and commend them for their tenacity, resourcefulness and pioneer spirit.

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10 Comments on Island serenity versus city anxiety?

  1. Trying to live in the middle in White Rock but that doesn’t entirely work either. As they say ‘grass is always greener on tother side’ 🤔

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    • So very true. I have grown too ccustomed to conveniences like electricity, indoor toilets and of course a WiFi connection to the rest of the world. Call me spolied. I don’t mind. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the day. Good luck with your newly chosen life style. 🙂


  2. I would love a bit of island life from time to time, maybe once every six months? I think it would do me the power of good. Oh, and the writing I would do! But I am a city girl at heart and would have to return to the throng.

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    • Island life for me is best served in small doses. I am a city person and appreciate the sound of a car sceeching now and again. The brief hiatus from the noise of city life is always welcomed. Take care. Enjoy the day. Stay safe. 🙂

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  3. iamlostwithoutme // September 10, 2016 at 3:59 am // Reply

    Me too. I am a city girl by heart. But, I would rather be in the mountain than in an island every once in awhile. 😬

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    • I agree with you. The appeal of island life is romantic but prolonged exposure for me at least would be unthinkable. The same is true of that mountain chalet. After a short time I would be craving for the hustle and bustle of city life. Thank you for writing.. Have an enjoyable weekend. 🙂

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  4. I live in Florida, and we could afford to live within a mile of the Gulf of Mexico, but chose to live in a city, and several miles from the water. So glad that I did, as friends got flooded a couple of weeks ago.


    • I can totally appreciate the sense of relief you are experiencing. When I was a youngster our basement flooded three times.The water rose about three feet and things started to float easily about the room. This may not seem too concernable until you realize that at that time the basement also served as our tornado shelter. Now we had no where else to go. Luckily we did not have a tornado but whenever it rains to flooding capacity I feel columns of goosebumps running up and down my spine. Thank you for writing. Have an enjoyable and safe day. Take care. 🙂


  5. Right there with you. My idea of roughing it is in a mobile home with a bed, microwave, and shower!

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    • There is absolutely nothing wrong with roughing it and bringing a few of the comforts from home with you. A person can enjoy Nature a lot better when feeling comfortable. Thank you for writing. Take care. Enjoy the day.

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