Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in ____________ (name of city/town)? Or perhaps you are making the move to a new place?
Have you experienced living in a community where it feels kind of tough to fit in? Or asked why it was so easy to fit right in?
These were some of the questions I asked before our move abroad. When we lived in Cyprus, it was short – one school year. I knew that making the adjustment with our boys was going to require me to let go. (Prof is a seasoned world traveler.) And though some days were easier than others, my family and I learned so much about our community and one another. Living in other States during certain other periods of my life weren’t always smooth either – college and life as a single working adult. But in each season of life, something was to be gained, to learn from.
We live in a society where more and more people are making the move to somewhere. And with all this movement, sometimes you want to know how the transition can be made easier or smoother.
According to a 2014 UN article, “54 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66 percent by 2050.”
With this growing number, come potential challenges of understanding and living with people from different cultures and backgrounds. And it all depends on the season of life you’re living in – moving for work, school, or life change. Sometimes it even means moving back to the city where you grew up.
The Hometown Project
That’s where The Hometown Project comes in. This project will be a series of preset interview questions for anyone who is interested in sharing their thoughts about their current hometown.
How do you define a hometown?
Great question. One’s own “hometown” can mean different things to different people. According to Oxford dictionary, it’s defined as:
Hometown: the town where one was born or grew up, or the town of one’s present fixed residence.
You may have read travel blogs that have interview people sharing their opinions and thoughts about life as someone who only sees it for a brief moment. This is different from a travel blog. Traveling and living abroad are two different things. When you travel, you see the sights and hear the sounds of the city. But do we really know the community? The daily issues and concerns they face?
Here is the basic proposal of the project.
What: Answering interview questions related to your life in your city or town.
Where: Your current hometown or the place you were born or grew up
Why: Because it’s fun to learn!
If you’d like to participate in this project, you can check out the Google Doc survey here:
Things to Note:
- This is going to be a long-term, on-going project.
- This project is a work in progress.
In fact, I hope to find people in my community who are willing and able to join this project.
If you have any questions, comments or even recommend additional interview questions, please let me know. I’d love to hear your feedback!
From my hometown to yours,