In a place like the San Luis Valley there is no room for those without dreams. Some people without vision may find it unsuitable to their needs. Those occupied with the notion of “instant gratification” will soon get bored but this may instead just mean they’re boring people. It’s a misnomer to say el Valle is devoid of modernity, it just doesn’t have everything. It doesn’t have rush hour traffic, smog or near the level of crime as a big city.
Sure, a small town has its share of divisive issues and quarrels but the charm of any community comes from the hopeful and eventual setting aside of those differences. However, the purpose of this letter is not political, but instead focused on the idea that you need to be willing to be alone with your thoughts. While it’s still possible to interact via text-message or social networking, there should be time for reflection. Call me old-fashioned but there is such a thing as being too-connected and always on. Maybe this is more of a call to disconnect a little more from the burden of social networking or the internet in general.
The issues some have may be valid, for example finding a decent job or career is much more difficult. This can be overcome in the age of telecommuting and the entrepreneur or the self-made person. The San Luis Valley is made for creative thinkers: the writers, musicians, thespians and what have you. It’s a great place for outdoorsmen and athletes and those inclined to working alone. These may not qualify as monetarily sustainable by themselves, but the dedication required to continue these aspirations is already there.
Any small town has its struggles and drawbacks, but the experience itself may be its own reward. The key to living here is not becoming complacent or bored just because there’s nothing going on. Balancing time spent in the community and by yourself is important to avoiding burnout and a malnourished mind. Remember it’s not about where you want to be but where you are and your state of mind.
Enterprising writer and dreamer