Have you ever paused to reflect on whether it really matters whether you live in DC, San Francisco, or Des Moines? How much does your life REALLY change based on your surroundings?
While we’ve lived in the hills of Middle Tennessee, our kids have charged into the woods, climbing steep slopes, imagining new worlds, building forts, rounding up goats, collecting lizards, and chasing butterflies. They lived a life I never knew at their age. But as years pass, and locations change, the importance of location really hinges on how you spend your time.
With my head down, staring at The Punisher on my iPhone Netflix app, I suddenly realized how unimportant my surroundings truly are. Many times, I’m so focused on digital media that plays from my devices that I could be in Alaska, Florida, or Tennessee and it really wouldn’t matter all that much.
Because when you are glued to your screens, your house and city and state don’t matter all that much. As long as the fridge is stocked and the coffee keeps coming, why would location matter?
Of course, the counterargument is that we’re stuck in our screens too much and we need to get out and do something. Plant a garden, build a table, surf a wave, hike a trail, jog a mile, paint a fence. Whatever it is, your location suddenly matters. Weather is a factor. Sunlight, temperature, humidity, rainfall. All of a sudden your precise location matters a LOT.
The “place-ness” matters. The question is whether it matters to you.