Small Town Satisfaction

by - October 27, 2010

Have you ever noticed how people are rarely satisfied? Their job is never good enough, where they live isn't big enough, people don't treat them well enough, and the list goes on and on seemingly without end. It's almost as if we've all been programmed that way.

I work in a smaller television market, one that's considered a 'starter market' for fresh-out-of-college journalists looking to get a leg up into the next big gig. Did you know the average journalist has about 6 jobs in his/her lifetime? That's not the life for me.

I've never been one to consider hopping from job to job, criss-crossing the country in an attempt to rise to the top of whatever market I landed in after graduation. No, that's not like me at all. In fact, I always saw myself finding a job in a small-to-midsize market and turning it into a career, choosing to make a name for myself in one area rather than spending a lifetime trying to rise above the other thousands trying to do the same thing nationwide.

Maybe I'm crazy for being content working in a 'starter' market. Maybe I'm crazy for being attracted to the little world I've started building around that. Or maybe, just maybe, I'm one of the few people in this world who doesn't constantly question a good thing. Maybe I'm one of the few who doesn't think bigger is always better. Maybe I'm just a small-town girl who's content to keep it that way.

I don't think there's such a thing as staying in one place too long when you've found everything you want and you can see even more things that you didn't know you wanted. Not wanting to 'move on' from something isn't a sign of fear as so many would like to believe. No, it isn't fear at all. At least not in my case.

I believe I've found my niche in the world, and all the 'you're crazy' looks I'm bound to get from the people just itching to get out of here won't phase me at all. I'll just smile and nod my head, encourage them in their endeavours and continue to build up my small world.

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  2. That's a healthy attitude, Ashton. You're right, everybody seems discontent. If you browse the blogosphere you find a tremendous number of people who are constantly bitching and moaning about their lives. If you are happy with your job and your community you have no reason to yearn for something else. The smart thing to do is to keep refining your craft, learn all that you can including how to do other people's jobs, and keep updating your resume reel just in case. If you ever change you mind and decide that you want to move on, you'll be thoroughly prepared.

  3. I'm glad you love it where you are. Some people are like that, just drawn to the small town vibe and never want to go anywhere else.


    I get antsy when I'm in one place too long. So, I predict lots of moving around in my future.

  4. You have really good pictures.
    I'm really jealous.