As we get older and the more we explore life and the natural world, we realise as we have, that less can actually be more. No longer do I yearn for the things other people crave like fast cars, all inclusive holidays, posh houses and the latest up to date mobile phone or tablet. Neither do I crave power or lots and lots of money or even care for continuous amounts of alcohol or drugs that people have become addicted to.
No for me it’s all about being healthy, being happy, being tactful and actually putting old things to use in a good way. At present we don’t own our own home, maybe we never will, so the dream for us, is that one day we’ll be able to live somewhere hopefully in the countryside, where its peaceful and quiet.Once I wanted to live in a city, now I suppose I do, but I hate it. As with most modern cities they lack charm, have developed into urban sprawls and mostly aren’t maintained by the city councils the way the people would like.
Basically they are housing developments bolted on to each other or well set out cities with the green bits built on by later generations and this to be frank this lacks vision and foresight by the people, who are put in charge to run them in the first place. Most city and town planners are just on a career ‘joy ride’ moving from one career job to another and in doing so moving up the experience and payroll ladder.
Just like some MP’s these planners weren’t brought up in the towns or cities they administer and as a result don’t have the connection with the area that home-grown dwellers do. I was brought up in Brentwood and have seen it go from pleasant town to a overcrowded “Chavs the only way is Essex” heaven in under a decade. Chelmsford where we live now has really lost its soul and has now become just a mix of modern shopping centres and housing developments with big warehouse stores on many street corners.
Many other older towns too have lost all character and I’ll not even talk about the new towns of Basildon and Harlow. The main problem is the quest for profit ! Fit as many houses as you can into a certain space and to hell with the size of the front gardens or the back, just concentrate on the profit margins, it’s such a shame to see green fields and trees, wildlife and nature turned into a concrete jungle
In the Oxford English dictionary concrete jungle is defined as “A city or urban area which has a high density of large, unattractive, modern buildings and is perceived as an unpleasant living environment” In the Cambridge dictionary (not that I knew there was one..lol) it is defined as “an ugly grey area of a city where people live in closely crowded apartment buildings and there is little space and no trees or grass” both these sum up totally the damage the town and city planners have inflicted on the people by allowing indiscriminate thoughtless town planning to go on.
Over the years many of us get railroaded or fooled by politicians and councillors, into believing their way is the right way, their way is the only way, only to find we’ve been tricked years down the line. All I say now is think for yourself, think your life through,come out with your own beliefs, your own ideals and stick with them though thick and thin….just like Billy has