Life In Phoenix, Arizona
After having this website up for a while, I have encountered many readers who have varying opinions about life in Arizona. It appears most of the readers who come across this website agree with the message of NoArizona, while there are a few who defend Arizona to the end. Through this NoArizona experience, I’ve learned the quality of life in Arizona is very subjective. In this article, I will delve a little deeper into why this website exists and hopefully provide insight into those looking to move to Arizona.
Arizona Is More Than Just Phoenix
I read many comments from people who agree Phoenix is a terrible city, but wish I would not lump all of Arizona into one category just because of Phoenix. On the home page, there is a clear statement that addresses this: “Specifically, this site deals with the issues involved within the deserts of the Phoenix area.”
For those readers, I agree there are other parts of Arizona that are indeed beautiful and green. Although it’s beautiful, it’s just not home for me. Besides, it’s difficult to find employment in the more natural parts of Arizona. For employment, most have to look in Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma or Flagstaff. It can be done, but that simply is not my desire. So, yes, Arizona is beautiful…just not the Arizona I see day-to-day. In a nutshell, the articles on this website are observations primarily in the Phoenix area.
How Do YOU See Phoenix?
Which one of these photos is more indicative of your thoughts about Phoenix? There’s no right or wrong answer, it’s a matter of opinion. This article tells of a Harris Polls survey about Arizona and Phoenix and people’s desire to live there. The survey revealed Arizona and the Phoenix area rank high for places people want to live (coming in second to Hawaii among senior citizens). The same survey also ranks Arizona and Phoenix as the top places in the same poll as a place they do not want to live.
Those are very interesting survey results and it shows it just depends on who you ask. My opinion is the senior citizens like Phoenix so much because they only live there during the winter months and leave during the summer. That’s something many wish they could do!
A New Perspective
I have never wanted to offend or insult anyone with this website. For me, this website has been more of a notebook to document the reasons why I personally do not like living in the Phoenix area. For this, I’ve been called a “hater” and branded as “negative”. That may be true, but it certainly was never my intention.
One day, I realized being angry about living in Arizona was not getting me anywhere. Negativity breeds more negativity, and all that does is attract negativity into your life. It’s a vicious cycle, and staying in that pattern was not getting me any closer to moving away. It was difficult because I thought if I acted happy and positive, there would be no reason to leave Arizona! I’ve come to realize I can live in a place I do not like while being happy by being grateful for the positive aspects of my life and simply realizing Arizona is just not for me!
You know, this new perspective has worked for me. Instead of feeling angry when I see the ubiquitous brown cloud hovering over Phoenix, I tell myself, “This is why Phoenix is not for me.”
When it hasn’t rained in months, I tell myself, “This is why Phoenix is not for me.”
When I see a barren landscape devoid of trees, I tell myself, “This is why Phoenix is not for me.”
When I burn my hand on the steering wheel, I tell myself, “This is why Phoenix is not for me.”
When it’s over 100 degrees at 10 PM, I tell myself, “This is why Phoenix is not for me.”
When I see a huge dust storm, I tell myself, “This is why Phoenix is not for me.”
When I see someone tweaked out on drugs, I tell myself, “This is why Phoenix is not for me.”
I am now able to focus my thoughts on energy on planning the move out of Arizona and I don’t foresee myself being here much longer.
If you love Phoenix, I hear you! Enjoy your time here, and I’m glad it fits your lifestyle. It’s just not for me!
If you love Arizona, I hear you! There are many beautiful places to visit away from the major cities. It’s just not for me!
If you’re struggling with life in Phoenix or anywhere in Arizona, I hear you! Relax your mind, be sure about what you want in life and don’t doubt yourself! Ask (or pray) for what you want and write it down! Show gratitude for the good things in your life and trust that you won’t be here forever!
In closing, here’s a bit of humor for you. You have to laugh because you KNOW it’s true!