It can be easy to be bored with where you come from.
This is especially true if you live in a city or a suburb. After all, the cities on the other side of the country have Subway and OrangeTheory Fitness and Best Buy, too.
You’re looking in the wrong place. Look to nature. Wherever you are, there’s a good chance you’re in a unique biome.
I grew up in the South Carolina Lowcountry, a land of blue herons, Spanish moss, live oaks, porpoises, white-tail deer, pines, fiddler crabs, marsh grass, fishermen, and farmers. Sure, these things exist elsewhere in isolation, but only on the coastal sea islands of South Carolina and Georgia do they all live together.
Your unique biome lives in the intersection of all the plants, animals, people, and minerals that make up the raw material of the place you’re from – not in the undifferentiated chains of stores. And you’ll only learn to appreciate it more if you get to know it more.
Maybe you have the mountains, the plains, the pronghorn, the wild raspberries, and the grazing cattle of Wyoming. Maybe you have the bayous, alligators, roosters, and sugarcane of Lousiana. In either case, you would just be scratching the surface to notice these details.
Your own little world is richer than you think.