The 2K11 24/7 CCLXII: Love Where You Live

No matter where you go in life; no matter what experience you have in the lands that pepper the face of this globe — you will be forever connected to your homeland. Whether that’s the place where you were born or the place where you spent a good deal of your life growing up, we look at these places with some degree of fondness — sometimes so much that we’re surprised by the word s that come out of our mouths!

Me, I’m born and raised Mississauga, ON. It’s one of the biggest suburbs in North America, and in my opinion the city’s mostly good for one thing — raising a family. Muy importante, but not so cool when you’re a teen. Not so cool when everything’s spread apart, connected by a shaky transit system and you’re too young to drive a car. Not so cool when for the most part, the whole city shuts down at 9 PM. A city three-quarters of a million strong and everyone’s in bed as soon as the sun goes down!
But like it or not, I’ll defend Sauga in any argument. Though most of the kids I grew up with tried to get out of the ‘burbs as soon as humanly possible, there’s an unspoken rule we all pretty much follow —
You don’t badmouth Sauga if you’re not FROM Sauga.
I think this rule is a little universal — we all “rep where we’re from”; even when we don’t know we’re doing it. It shows in how we speak, act, think and interact with others. It’s part of the template for who we are.
But again, there’s not much to do in Sauga other than eat, shop or hit up the local house parties.
Fortunately for me, I started going to school in downtown Toronto at the age of 12.
Now that I’m in the T-Dot to live day in and day out instead of pulling a half-day timeshare program between the two cities, I’m discovering new things all the time that’re right under my nose.
Every city’s full of nooks and crannies that hide some great secrets that so few people know about. (Perhaps it’s better that way, so the lineups stay shorter!) We complain about being bored and there being absolutely nothing to do in the world around us, but how much have we really explored? How much do we individually know about the hidden gems in our cities, and furthermore, how much of that do we actually share with other people?
Every city needs its champion. Someone who’ll be able to give people the knowledge needed to actually navigate their homes in a way that might matter to them. It won’t be a mayor. It won’t be the business owners who pay into “best of” guides to get themselves featured as authoritative sources for goods and services.
It will be us who spread the word about secret menus. It will be us who tell others how to get to the secret rooftops that can only be access through winding mazes of hallways and alleys. Parties that no one hears about. Shops that no one knew existed. We will be the ones to help others learn about them.
It’s time to rep your city. Explore your city. Love your city.
Who’ll help me do it?
–Casey E. Palmer

Author: Casey E. Palmer

Calling the Great White North his home, Casey‘s spent the last few decades in pursuit of creating killer content. From novels as a kid, comics as a teen, to blogs and photos once he could grow a beard, he’ll use whatever’s around him to create amazing stuff. When he’s not creating, he’s parenting, exploring and trying to make life as awesome as possible for everyone around him. Because a boring life’s not a life worth living!

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  1. Casie, I couldn’t agree more with you. I have nothing but lots of pride for where I live and I think everyone should love where they live no matter where it is. There is so much we don’t know about the area around us or it’s history and it’s up to us to share our gems with others who in return share their hidden gems with us. It’s this reason why I wanted to work at My City Lives and why I love my job because I get to show people what makes Toronto awesome. I think we need reminders to enjoy what around us and celebrate the beautiful city that we live in 🙂

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