Posted at 11:43 AM on May 16, 2012 by Jennifer Vogel
“Without a doubt, the biggest challenge of living in rural areas or small towns is economic: making enough money to survive and thrive,” he wrote. “It’s very unlikely a high-paying job will even exist, let alone be handed to you. You have to dial down your financial expectations, while at the same time be ready to do whatever it takes to survive financially.”
Whether someone thrives in rural Minnesota seems to come down to priorities, what’s most important in a person’s life. Where some see social and economic restrictions, others see new opportunities to connect with people.
“My community is nothing like I expected and everything that I had hoped,” wrote Adrienne Sweeney, who moved to Lanesboro, Minnesota in 2002 from the Twin Cities and was raised in Philadelphia. “Growing up in a huge city like Philadelphia, I had no idea what to expect from a small (REALLY small) town. What I have found is that it is one of the most artistically creative places I have ever been… To be able to create a piece of theatre and then have an in-depth discussion about the work with the teller at your bank or your server at the diner the next day is a remarkable experience and makes your work feel so much more real and immediate.”
“To be able to participate in a molten iron pour or attend a barn dance or string quartet performance with your neighbors is so inspiring,” Sweeney wrote. “I have been more artistically energized here in this town of 750 than any of the ‘big cities’ I have lived in.”
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