my neighbor and i had a super long talk yesterday about how expensive it is to live in california. she came from another country and somehow found herself living in one of the most expensive counties in the nation. she isn't quite sure how that happened exactly, but she was wondering why she continued to put up with it. why she continued to CHOOSE to live here. so she started looking at "affordable" places to move too. the kind that were family friendly, with good schools and community...
and that got us both talking about how life is a choice.. and that we choose to live here. we choose to pay ridiculous housing costs that get us very little for our money. and in choosing to live this way, we put ourselves in situations where we HAVE to work. and i was trying to tell her that we pay for what we have- like we pay to live in california. and that is worth it. and then she asked me HOW it's worth it and i started laughing because i was like, "well it's not worth it as much up here, but in southern california, the way of life, the lifestyle.. it's definitely MORE worth it." but i also continued with the theme that maybe we make our life harder by living here. and maybe life doesn't have to be this much of a financial struggle all the time if we lived somewhere else?
and so i started wondering if those other "affordable" places to live in- well if it all balances out somehow. like if you make a third of what you would make here, so while it would still be crazy cheap housing costs (to us californians).. maybe it's not crazy cheap because you don't make enough money to pay for it and so you still feel like you HAVE to work all the time to pay for your house?!?
and so i don't really know and so i'm asking. for those of you who live in other states.. do you feel like the way of life is better and you don't have to work to live? or do you feel like there is a give and take? talk to me people.. tell me what you love and don't love about where you live.
our neighbor and i might be looking to relocate. ha