Urban life skills you learn growing up in a city
Life in the city has its ups and downs. There’s always something to do so it’s never boring but sometimes you wish for the quiet life in the country. Growing up in the city shapes a big part of who you are. Here are some things you only learn growing up in a city.
How to deal with stress
Everyone’s got stress in their life but there’s a certain type of stress that only comes from being in the city. Everything moves fast and demands you keep up with it. There’s constant noise and a million different things trying to get your attention. In rural areas it isn’t difficult to find somewhere quiet to go and reflect. In the city, however, it’s sink or swim and you have no choice but to learn how to deal with stress. This has its pros and cons. City dwellers often find it hard to relax and this can lead to health problems. On the other hand, people in the city know the value of their time and how to make the most of it.
You learn how to read people
If you’re in the city, you’re not going to get away from people. Friends, neighbours, tourists, there’s just too many. A study by the Central Institute for Mental Health on how people from the city and people from the country react to criticism had interesting results. People who grew up in cities have a stronger response in the area of the brain that assesses people we meet. With the number of people you meet every day it’s makes sense that you would understand them better. It means more than this though. City kids will grow up more capable of figuring out people’s motivations. An important skill in or out of the city.
You learn to socialize with different types of people
This is connected to learning to read people. If you can read people and understand them easier then talking to them isn’t as difficult. You’ll come across people from all walks of life and have more of a chance to figure out how to treat different people. This doesn’t mean that you’re the friendliest person around. You just understand that different situations need different attitudes. You may not be outwardly social if you’re from the city but you might still be more socially aware than your extroverted rural friends.
Standing up for yourself
In the city you’re more likely to get stepped on. It could be anything from making sure you get a place on the subway to not giving into someone with an attitude but the city teaches you self respect. There’s too many people in the city for it to take care of you unless you take care of yourself. If you’re not from the city it can be intimidating to make the push. You end up bending over backwards to be polite but city dwellers knows where to draw the line.
Being aware of situations
Rural areas may have some nicer places to look at but the city has things you need to look out for. Situational awareness is important. In the city you learn to decide if that guy mumbling to himself on the bus is harmless or not. You learn how to navigate through parts of the city and when to stop your drunk friend from running his mouth. Keeping your eyes open can be the difference between a situation going wrong.
Do you agree with our list? What did you learn growing up in the city? Let us know in the comments.