Our neighbors are mostly people who could have chosen to live anywhere,” George said. “Matter of fact, a lot of them have been everywhere, and even with that, they decided on Hilton Head Island.”
What makes this the preferred place of people who have had their choice of the best?
Saving Our Wonder for the Here and Now
One quality shared by many folks who’ve “seen it all” is that they don’t spend a lot of time wondering if they might be missing out. Experience, in the right hands, brings a kind of peace – you don’t walk around wondering if you might have missed something. You’ve seen what kind of green is the grass on the other side of the fence. With a broader base of experience, folks also get a better idea of exactly what it is that they want.
Passage of time, and travel to places, will not by themselves add up to this perspective. Clarity seems to arrive in response to taking action and paying attention to what happens when we leave our comfort zones. Making up our minds too fast can lead to narrow views, because new experiences don’t always – or instantly – feel right. They’re new.
Our neighbors here in Sea Pines tend to be the ones who gave the “new” a chance often enough to know for sure what they wanted to keep, and what they wanted to have more of, in their lives.