Sunday, September 15, 2019

Living the Best Life From Metropolitan to the Countryside

Life in the rural areas may seem unexciting or boring to some people just like my fellow millennials, and at some point having a feeling of lower energy due to the lack of greater and better opportunities offered to them.

That's exactly how I felt a little more than a decade ago after I finished college and got my license as a professional. Back then, I see myself working in an urban area; a bigger city that is vibrant and more alive.

That dream became a reality. I lived and worked in Metro Manila. That is the city of dreams for many people, especially of my generation. It is a place where we can enjoy the best of the corporate world. Working in a great and big company. Wearing corporate attire. Earning better compensation. Living the best life. Those are the great things of urban living; we seem to have the best of everything.

Despite some levels of success and career fulfillment, there comes a time of self-realization about what success really means, and what do we have to sacrifice to achieve our most coveted dreams.

I have experienced city life that is highly livable in the Philippines. In Metro Manila, from the former Capital - Quezon City of the north, down to the finest Business District of Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. The cool mountain resort of Baguio City in the Cordilleras and the Finest culture of Iloilo City in the Visayas. Those place I have lived and worked offers the best life with highest National livability index. Rural areas or towns are not even considered to be livable due to a lack of economic development and other factors.

After more than a decade of living and working in the topmost livable cities in the Philippines, I see economic development and opportunities in the countryside which is an emerging local economy through good governance and better planning. 

Despite the economic development and prosperity in greater cities like Metro Manila, people living and working in those cities are experiencing the downside of urban living.

For years, Metro Manila is having a difficulty in solving issues on livability. For several years I have experienced difficulty in public transport as a commuter. I have suffered the consequence of falling in a long line in a metro rail due to glitches and lack of train coaches. I have endured hours spent on the bus on the way home after work due to traffic congestion. We have suffered from days of rotational water interruption. Those are part of the basic needs we have endured and the cycle seems to go on year after year. We have endured, but that became our worst reality.

There are more things we have sacrificed. Our health has been at risk due to the stress those problems have caused. More people are getting sick maybe not due to the nature of work, but due to stress, anxiety, and fatigue caused by air pollution and travel time on the road; from home to workplace, and vice versa. I myself endured almost 5 hours of travel time in a day when I have worked in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig while living in Caloocan City. That is from North to Southbound and vice versa. I was not alone. I am one of the thousands of people who share the same fate in the Metro. Those are the sacrifices we have to endure for a living. But that may have come to an ending.

Living in the Metro is great, but may not be the best after all. There's more to life than living in a city that is no longer healthy but only for survival's sake.

There's life in the countryside; in the Rural area, we used to live. We may have temporarily left Rural living, but it will always be in our hearts. While others make endearing sacrifices just to live their dreams in the Metro, we are fortunate to have a countryside we can come back to.

In the countryside, we enjoy vast land and greenery. We have the best natural landscape and scenery. We breathe cleaner air and drink spring water. We are awakened and greeted by the chirping of the birds at dawn. We can see the wonderful sunrise while having a cup of coffee. We have a bright sunny day and look up above the blue skies. We see the mountains, the hills, and the valleys. We can swim in a river or waterfalls. We can witness a beautiful sunset. At night we can go on stargazing. We go to bed and fall asleep early. We have a goodnight's sleep. These are not our vacation escape or fantasy. This is not a dream, but our living reality, and this is what best describes the place we love to be.

That's a quality life! Not much extravagance, but only a natural living that rural life has to offer.

In the city, people can build a fortune amidst chaos and suffering, while in the countryside we can live a life of simplicity and serenity. In the city, we define success by the number of wealth, while in the countryside we feel successful when we are in perfect health.

No wonder in today's time more people invest in real estate property in emerging Provincial areas even though they are already established in the cities. Some would acquire a townhouse property. Others would buy a lot for future house construction. More families spend their vacation on an eco-farm. More people patronize farm tourism activities to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

With Divine's grace, we develop our family country farm and build our dream farmhouse. This family real estate would be where we partly live a quality life together. We build our dreams and we start to build a better life... and sooner a better community of Divine love and light.

© 2019 Del Cusay