Idaho is a unique place. Not because of the beautiful mountains and big sky’s. Not because of the vast landscapes of ever changing colors. Idaho is unique because of the people. The people here carry a curtesy, a smile, a sincerity that’s unmatched across this great nation. The perplexity and high defenses of the people who move here, find those guards melt away to the generosity of the good hearts occupying these lovely streets. Often heard are conversations of keeping this place a secret in a covetous manner. Idaho is fickle, seasonal, and tough. You need a strong self drive and motivation to make Idaho home. There isn’t much in the ways of entertainment and sadly, many people resolve to drinking or drugs to fill their idle hands. One thing in abundance shared amongst all communities across this nation is the common vices and addictions employed in boredom. Idaho is very isolated even though It may be in the middle of the Pacific Northwest. The nearest towns with a decent sized population are hundreds of miles away. If you are used to the hustle and bustle and almost tunnel vision you get from a bigger city, prepare for the opposite.
In recent years, Idaho has been taking on many refugees from diverse places around the Earth. Mostly Californian refugees trying to escape gentrification and in turn, gentrifying Idaho. It’s an interesting two edged sword we face while taking on such dynamics of people and industry. Job opportunities are shifting to tech, the housing market is inflating, and the ever noticeable California drivers are riding your bumper with the insincerity that was built in them. Growing up here has been a difficult process to endure. Watching beautiful landscapes turn to a variety of six cookie cutter houses. The endless construction trying to accommodate the constant push of new comers. Worst of all, the rudeness and unmovable chip on the shoulder of many who come from areas less susceptible to kindness and generosity. No one can choose which family their born into. No one can choose their nationality, skin color, or hair. BUT, you do choose where you move to. One can choose to bring their baggage of insincerity and mannerless demeanor, or they can have a fresh start. A completely new experience with open eyes and an open heart. Give Idaho a chance to change your mind and melt away those unnecessary defenses. Give Idaho a chance to stay kind and open, amazing and beautiful, where the human experience can be your ideal treatment and neighborly love. Again, the people are what make this place great. If we dare allow the ways of the shallow hearted to reign, I fear we may be in the last days of what makes Idaho, Idaho.