In a change as surprising to me as to anyone who knows me, I moved back to Ky at the end of 2014.
I’d bought a house on the spur of the moment 18 months earlier. An old red-brick place, not far from where I first went to school. In very poor shape. But with the help of a local builder and a raft of tradies, she’s all fixed up and very homely now.
Life here is quiet and unremarkable, much as you would expect for a small country town in the heart of a farming district.
While it still seems like a crazy decision to move here, there are many things I’m grateful for. There’s no energy of rushing or busyness to get drawn into. The environment is much quieter than the city. The air is clean and the sky is not crowded out by buildings. Everything in town is walking distance away. It seems so much safer to be here in the middle of a pandemic. I’m closer to family, which has been important with my older brother and sister being unwell. And a big benefit is being able to get away on camping trips without having to drive through city traffic.
As it turns out, there are hidden benefits too. A 2020 study found Kyabram the most economically resilient regional town. While in 2019, it was reportedly the second-best place to retire in Victoria. And now, here I am, retired.