This concept pops up every couple of years, in my mind and (at least once) in my blog. Do I want to spend the rest of my life in this admittedly pleasant house in a not-so-pleasant town where I know a few people I rarely see and don’t get out much because there’s nowhere to get out to? Answer, no. So I really ought to relocate – but where?
I’d been talking to my brother about this, and he sympathised, but made a remark that has stuck in my mind: “Don’t leave it too long.”
He’s right. Inertia is one of the most powerful forces in life, especially mine. So I’m revisiting the topic with some focus. There’s nothing binding me here, when I think about it. On the other hand, there are few things pulling me in almost any other direction – which doesn’t exactly help.
Last time, I did it geographically. Here’s the relevant bit of that post from 2012:
As this town (which I like, a bit, and which contains a lot of people whom I like, a lot, but all that’s been factored in to this blogdream) is slap bang in the middle of southern England, and given that I miss the sea and the coast, I only really have four options: north, south, east or west. North is out of the question. South would mean going back to where I was born. East is a foreign country. So that leaves West.
West consists of Wales and the West Country. I don’t want to live in Wales, for reasons too difficult to explain here. So that leaves the West Country. This consists of Devon and Cornwall. Devon is tempting, but it’s too expensive. So I’m left with Cornwall.
What was I thinking of? There’s no way I’m going to Cornwall. So that rules out West.
South probably means Bournemouth – um, not really. I’m not going to spend my remaining years mobility-scooting up and down Southbourne Grove pining for the La Fiesta coffee bar.
I watch too many weather forecasts to consider going much further North than Shrewsbury.
I might have been a bit unfair on East, though – to be honest, with a few exceptions, in 2012 I knew hardly anything about East Angular, or its denizens. Maybe I should go and take a closer look.