This is a great read on urbanism. I live in a small city where I run in to the same people all the time (<1 000 000 population). As I’ve gotten older, I really enjoyed the smallness of it.
In the same vein as the Marcel Proust quote, Seth Godin has some great advice. “Instead of planning your next vacation, plan a life that you don’t need to escape from.”
Too much travel, especially at a young age, inhibits the development of key features of man and womanhood. One of these features is fortitude under uncomfortable circumstances. We go through rough periods in life, building up some skin in our youth (teens and 20’s) is imperative, as life will test us over and over.
The only true voyage is not to travel through a hundred lands with the same pair of eyes but to see the same land through a hundred pair of eyes. ~ Marcel Proust
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.
~Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)
Ramit Sethi wrote an excellent article on our desire (or lack there of) for more.