Currently, I’m involved in a few inspiring projects and while focused on one of them, I needed to take a stroll through my writing archives to find a specific piece from a while ago as I recalled that it contained concepts I am working with, creatively. I found the piece, read it, and decided to revise/refine it a bit and post it here.
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Cities are Entities. They live, breathe, and vibrate with currents and undercurrents that are human and infrastructural, and connected. Boundaries are clearly marked, yet there are also subtle or intangible indications of boundary, and not merely because the landscape alters or a sign informs. Neighborhoods can be likened to organs. Streets, boulevards, and avenues to arteries, nervous systems, neural pathways, and other such living body imagery.
A sort of symbiotic relationship exists between a city and its inhabitants. The age of a place, its history, the legends and lore, and the geographic components all contribute to or take away from the essence of a city. Weather, regional quirks, memories of traumatic experiences, or other specific issues with which the populace is grappling can cause discordance between an individual and the city in which they live.
How does a favorite city feel to you? How does its history (or lack of it) influence you? If your current city is home or a transitional place, do you love it, dislike it, or are you ambivalent? Why?
Many things change as we grow older and sometimes where we have put down roots, however temporary, is no longer appealing or it no longer works for or with us. Gradually, a new or completely different place begins to beckon. We might plan to return to a former home city or town because it now seems comfortable and inviting. Or we are drawn to take a chance in a city that feels like home from the moment we visit.
Where do you think you want to end up? And how will you know when you get there?