I know I know…it’s extra judgy and I’m hard on Seattle.
But seriously…uh…no pun intended…people here are SO DAMN SERIOUS!
I think it is a multitude of factors including:
- short days
- fear of being too/not enough hipster
- skinny jeans that are too tight and cutting off circulation to the funny bone
- massive amount of intellect
- competition brought on by massive amounts of intellect
- fear of getting caught in all your “open relationships” by your girl/boy friend who doesn’t know you are IN an open relationship
- an overwhelming sense of doom because there are too many books to read before the sun comes out in July
- fear that the sun might not actually come out this year
- and lest we forget…fear that there is a better latte than the latte that you think is the best latte you’ve ever had
This is honestly the first place I’ve ever lived where I REGULARLY make a joke or say something snarky and people are just not sure (a) if they should laugh, (b) what I mean EXACTLY, and (c) how best to correct me without seeming judgmental because everyone is super accepting in Seattle.
Which has made me stop and think a lot about the fact that maybe my adult life being spent in New Mexico…the land of mañana…plays a huge role in this.
New Mexico also has many smart people but the basic speed of life is much much much more relaxed than in the Pacific Northwest. And yet maybe that relaxed speed is why the state ranks so poorly in so many other important ways in national surveys, is often accused of an attitude of entitlement, etc.
So what am I learning?
There are pros and cons to living everywhere (except Houston…that is all cons…sorry people of Houston!). The goal no matter where we live is to be ourselves…no masks, no pretending, all compassion, big displays of lovingkindness.
So Rock on Rain City!
And Keep Shining Land of Enchantment!