Is country culture spreading its roots in urban fields?
The traffic noises at 8am, the coffee shop queues before work or the constant clamour of people shouting into their smartphones for some reason – city life is chaotic but as lively. It sure tires people who are unceasingly running between home, work and everywhere else. But this is why people choose their vacation spots in the most secluded, quiet places of all and spent a peaceful time there, like, they’ve earned it.
Countryside, on the other hand, is the inspiration for poetry and ballads. It is calm, tranquil, unhurried, like a stroll, not a race.
Both are parts of someone’s life but two unrelated parts. And it’s true, a city person thinks a hundred times to just sack it all up and leave to live in the country but can someone bring the country to a city? Probably, not.
“Designing clothes inspired by country culture is not the same as bringing country culture to the city”
A country’s culture is the art, the theatre, the food, the literature, and the music all mixed together to give out a feeling of belonging. And it is much more than just the fashion of the place. So, designing looser silhouettes in muslin and leather is not the same as spreading the culture of the country in an urban setting.
The most widely spread part of the country culture is its music. The music and its charm can be found on a lazy evening every once in a while on the radio and it brings out the calmness on a chaotic day.
Living in the countryside offers us pure and organic food, safe and friendly neighbourhoods, a traffic free area with horses running around in their horse rugs, cheaper rents for bigger houses and everything we cannot afford for long while living in the city. So our post-vacation buzz of living like the country can prove to be a little steep for the expenses.
We sure can bring some aspects of country life in the city like the music but both of these cultures are so polar that it is very difficult for the whole culture to spread its roots in the urbane, as a mainstream way of life.
As William Penn has said in his poem: “The country life is to be preferred, for there we see the works of God, but in cities little else but the works of men.”
But the thing is, the tranquility of countryside is to be savoured but the chaos of the city is to work and what is a man without work.
So if you’re tired of racing between your office and work and need a break, grab that old suitcase and set out to a place where you can breathe without the anxiety of checking emails. The country is your calling when you want the time to take a vacation with you.
But once you have rebooted your mind and body, return to base, in the same old city which might feel like it is bustling for eternity but it is the same exciting place which is filled with possibilities and dreams.
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