I moved from the Miami area to the Nashville area about 8 years ago and still feel like it was a mistake coming here. Our family is very hippy/new age/freethinkers. I knew this area would be pretty "Bible Belty" but have found it difficult to make any friends and I feel so different from most of the people that live here.
There are things I do like about this area, the schools, my house, the scenery etc. and the people are pretty nice generally speaking and most in this small town do pull together to help each other.
I miss a lot about Fl but I especially miss the diversity of the people. I feel like Nashville is such a growing hot spot there have to be other people/families that are open minded or mot "the mainstream". Everyone in my town assumes everyone else is Christian, the store signs quote the bible and even in restaurants and other businesses they have bible verses painted on the walls. not that I have anything against anybody but the fact that it is assumed bothers me.
I convinced my parents to move here a few years ago, they pretty much hate it but would never consider moving again at their ages. Now I feel like I boxed us in and we really are stuck here at least until my folks are gone which could be a long time still, not that i hope it's sooner.....
What would you do, or have you moved and arent happy? I dont know where we'd go if we did leave here, maybe another part of Fla like Tampa.
There are several universities near you. You might meet some people that are more aligned to your way of thinking there. Good luck. I've relocated many times and I'll have to say that my first impressions were accurate. There was one place we lived and I knew immediately that it wasn't right for us.
Just curious question though, why do you think people are assuming you are Christian if they are decorating THEIR walls and such iith bible verses. They might be Christian, but because it is on the wall doesn't mean they think you are. IDk. Just my though. :)
I have relocated to Germany from Texas. A big change in the culture, but I love it here. JodyLane I think you might find what you are looking for in Nashville if you joined a politcal party group, got involved in theater, or another "arty" group, or maybe there are events at a university where you could connect with like-minded people. Feeling at home involves being part of a group - a small group - where people know your name and understand you.
Florida seems a nice place to me too because it's warm but if you can't move again, I would say continue to try to find those that have like interests....try the library...a lot of times they have different community happenings posted or know of events in the area that might be of interest to you.....you may be able meet some friends that way...hope things will work out...
Yes. I didn't realize how diverse our city was until we left :(
Now I am in the same kind of town you are, in rural North Carolina. OMG I've been here 5 yrs, we finally bought a house here last year. Then my dh got a promotion (good news but definitly a permanent thing). I can't believe it looks like we're settling in for the loooong haul here!