Change seems to be coming with this summer break, though. I don't know that I can fully explain it yet, except to say that I think it comes from my perspective of life and people has changed. The accomplishments one can make in a larger area are undeniable. After all, isn't it the goal of any professional career, to get to the city where all the connections are and climb the ladder? However, isn't the larger picture fulfilling the Great Commission, our true calling as Christians, supposed to encompass every area of the world? Granted, I fully believe that the Great Commission is to be fulfilled through our everyday occupations and activities, but this annoyance or dislike that small town-phobiacs have of too many people knowing them is a sad perspective of an amazing opportunity. Individuals who feel that they know you, and visa-versa, are prime subjects for Christ to impact through you because they generally more available and willing to build relationships. Is this not how Christ impacted and converted those around Him?
I can't say that these feelings or perspectives are fully formulated yet. I also am not saying I am planning on living in a small town for the rest of my life. I have no idea what God is going to put in my path to do. Maybe I am saying, though, that small towns and the people in it don't seem so depressing and stifling anymore. Nothing is really as bad as it at first seems.