Why I love living in the countryside

For some, countryside is the place where you want to go only to escape from the city from time to time, to take a break from your routine and see something different. Some of us might like only visiting the countryside but we can’t imagine ourselves living in a village or in a more remote place. The city is the only place we know and it is what we love: the noise, the agglomeration, having all the facilities close to us, the cafes, the restaurants, the clubs, the museums, the events… Everything is right under our eyes.

For the rest of us, countryside is our whole life. We went to the city and experienced a new lifestyle. It was difficult and we missed so many things. But we learnt to enjoy what the city can give us: a big university, new people, new experiences, job opportunities, cultural events, parks, eating with friends in fancy restaurants etc. However, when we went back home to our little apartment the world seemed so big and we felt lonely sometimes. Some days we opened our laptop and watched that Korean show, House on Wheels, and we dreamt about travelling around the world or going to the forest, to the mountain, to a beautiful village where you can breath the nature. We felt like living again while watching so much green on that little screen. We were so thirsty to feel as part of the nature, to see flowers and to be us the ones who plant and grow them. We dreamt to make barbecues or picnics in our back yard or to go read or study in the orchard. We were tired and we needed to rest. And so one day, we went back home where our hearts longed going.

It wasn’t going to be easier to live in the countryside, but we loved the peace and the things we could do for the nature and what the nature had to give us. We went to the mountain and we became part of the huge world called nature. We grew the food we ate and we became more responsible and more intentional in everything we did. We did yoga in the yard when the weather was nice and we took sunbaths that made our day. We were surrounded by flowers all year round and even when it was difficult weeding and digging we were happy to do something that would create beauty and peace. We ate fruits from our garden and orchard and we promised to work harder the next year. We enjoyed listening to the birds singing and we felt the peace after the rain stopped while watching huge colored rainbows. We could see the stars and we promised that one day we would learn more about stars and constellations. We ate breakfast, lunch and dinner outside when the weather was nice and we drank coffee on the balcony in the morning. We worked so much during the day and we had not the time or where to go to see a movie. We had no restaurants or cafes but we enjoyed our peaceful life and we did our best to develop ourselves, to change and grow even here where we had not so many things, and yet we had everything and more.

The countryside is beautiful in any season and I personally learnt to accept and love all the aspects of living in the countryside. Living in the countryside has advantages and disadvantages as any other thing. But if you choose to listen to your heart and to go in that place where your heart wants to go you will embrace the difficulties and you will learn a lot about yourself because this is what hardships do to us humans. Today I want to share with you the main reasons I love living in the countryside and to share a few pieces of the spring we have around here. Let’s go 🙂

1. The air. I live in a village quite close to the mountain and I have to tell you that the air is so much cleaner and I felt this way the first day I came back from the city where I used to live. I love the freshness of the air especially after a short rain or when I go to the mountain or the forest. I am grateful that we have clean air (as clean as it can be these days) and I learnt to appreciate so much the things that we cannot see but that are so much more important than everything else that we can actually see.

2. Birds singing. I am in love with this beautiful music and I can’t describe my feelings and the peace I feel when listening to their chirping. In the city it is not possible to hear the birds singing, unless you live in an area that is far from the traffic and it has more trees or a park close to it. What I couldn’t hear when I was living in the city is the birds’ singing during the night. After so many years I could hear the birds singing even at night. I was mesmerized and I think it is one of the most beautiful music I have ever heard.

3. Spring. Countryside in the spring is one of the most beautiful things that exist. The trees put their most refined outfit and they send out the sweetest perfume that cannot be reproduced even by the most renowned perfumers. The mountain is still covered in snow, but here in the village you can see the trees blooming, the grass growing as green as ever, and the flowers confidently coming out to show their beauty. Spring is the time when the whole world becomes a festival: a festival of life and beauty.

4. Flowers. If you read my articles, you know that I am in love with nature, with trees and flowers, and that I have waited for spring to come especially because I wanted to see and to smell the flowers again. I have friends that love flowers as well and guess what our main subject of discussion is nowadays :)) We send each other photos with what we’ve done in the garden and what new flowers we’ve planted. I love to plant trees and flowers and I feel like this way I can somehow contribute to the environment.

5. Surrounded by nature. Well this one is pretty obvious, but I feel like I can travel even if I go up on the hill or to the mountain because there are so many places I have never been to before. There are so many places to explore and they all look different depending on the season.

There are so many things you can do around the house, in the garden, in the orchard. I am extremely active and there are a lot of things to do, a lot of beautiful things to create or to grow. I became more creative and I feel less stressed compared to when I was living in the city. I feel I can do more and feel more useful to this world and to the environment. I can do something new everyday and I am able to create the change that I want for myself. Life is simpler in the countryside so you become more creative in finding new things to do and new experiences to try. However, the most important things for me is how the time slows down here. What I mean by this is that you can enjoy more the little things that would have passed unobserved otherwise and they become your happiness.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this virtual tour I have created for you and I hope your days are filled with sun and flowers. Let me hear from you in the comments.

Have a lovely spring, dear readers 🙂

Little forest – a journey to self

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This is the first time I write a movie review on the blog or better said my personal view and feelings about this wonderful movie called Little forest. After watching the movie, I found myself wanting to make the feeling of happiness to last longer. Thus I decided to write about what I felt and to share with you the reasons why you should give this movie a chance.

I cannot say I have a particular style when it comes to movies. I like well played roles, actors who can transmit feelings and stories that can inspire me. Little forest is this kind of movie. Maybe I am biased. It is true that I mostly watch Korean productions. However, I think you would like Little forest even if you are not into Korean cinematography.

Little forest (리틀 포레스트 in Korean) is a South Korean movie released in 2018 and directed by Yim Soonrye. Actually there is also a Japanese version of the movie which is in fact the original one and it was released in 2014. I plan to see the Japanese version as well and I hope it is as good as the Korean version.

The movie tells the story of a young woman who leaves Seoul and returns to her hometown, situated in the countryside. At first she says she only came down to her village for a few days and when asked by her friend why she came back, she says that she came because she was hungry. This line was so moving and I felt it so well because like the protagonist I myself moved back to my hometown in the countryside in order to find myself and to find what I really want to do with my life. While this line is a metaphor for one who doesn’t feel satisfied with his/her life, the young woman also missed the simple life she had in her hometown, the simplicity and the tranquility that one can find in a place such as a village or a small town.

Her house brings her back in the past when she lived with her mother who used to cook delicious meals. Her mother left when she was a student in order to find her own little forest, a metaphor for self-discovery and finding ones true self and happiness within oneself. Only later, after many years, the girl who became a woman would understand her mother’s thoughts and feelings.

Days pass one after another, but the young woman doesn’t go back to Seoul. She came down in winter, then spring comes again and she learns to produce her own food. She spends time with her childhood friends while cooking good food, working in the fields and enjoying the gifts of nature. Then summer and autumn come. The young woman lives the entire process of healing and learns the true way of becoming fulfilled and happy. Then winter comes again and she goes back to Seoul only to return in the spring for good.

I found myself smiling the whole time while watching this movie. I felt its warmth, the completeness that comes from small things, the happiness that comes with simplicity and tranquility. I enjoyed the beautiful sceneries and I remembered why I love the color green so much. Living in the countryside feels like you can slow down time. There’s nothing more beautiful than living closer to the nature and enjoying what it has to offer to us. Also, trying your best to preserve it is as beautiful and as meaningful as enjoying it.

Little forest is a movie about finding one’s little forest, one’s true self and what happiness really means to each and everyone. It is about small acts of kindness, friendship, simple but delicious food and slowing down. It shows the beauty of every single season and the importance of each. A truly wonderful and healing movie.

I am curious if any of you watched this movie and if you did please share with me in the comments your thoughts on it.

Until next time,
Maria