Not everyone thinks it important, but place matters to me.
I suppose I would *be* happy wherever I am, but when choice is involved, certain things are important about the place I inhabit.
Certain species of animals and plants can thrive only in specific environments. Others thrive anywhere.
I am one of the former kinds.
So what kind of places work for me? What are my habitat requirements?
- It must be drenched in wilderness and spirit. Some places are filled with spirit, like New Orleans, for example. That’s a city I do love to visit, but it’s not where I want to live.
- There must also be a certain energy about the place. This is probably related to ‘spirit’, but I’m not sure. It’s just something I feel, and either a place has *it* or it doesn’t.
- A place where birds sing (contributed by J. Duffy. Since I’ve never stayed anywhere birds didn’t sing, I can’t say for sure whether it’s vital to me or not. Sure seems like it ought to be, though.)
- Moving water, variety to landscape, trees (but all that being said, there’s something special about the four corners area, and I think I could easily live there.)
- Four distinct seasons (contributed by Lua) I can’t believe I forgot this one, but it is one of my important needs. I like to be able to note the turning of the wheel of time and that’s so much easier when the season is evident at a glance.
I’ll think of more qualifiers later and add them to the list. What kinds of things are important to you, or are you, like a weed, able to thrive anywhere you’re planted?
More thoughts on how places make me feel. When I’m traveling near home, and if I have to cross the MS river bridge at Sunshine, heading south toward Houma, I feel a sense of dread, even, and it feels like I’m traveling to another dimension altogether. An unfriendly one (although the people down there are far, far from unfriendly, don’t get me wrong). It’s just how it *feels*.
I used to live in Thibodaux/Houma/Shreiver.