Having come from the huge city of Chicago where there are very limited nature sights to explore, moving to Fort Collins was a huge culture shock. There are still some similarities, but many more differences moving from a very populated area to a much smaller town. It’s interesting to think that these places are in the same country, and yet there are so many cultural differences traveling from state to state.
From sea level to 5,000 feet of altitude, the general atmosphere is very different. The air in Colorado is much thinner, a physical difference that most non-natives can feel. The skies are almost always blue and the sun is shining 300 days of the year.
It’s not just the physical, noticeable differences that makes life here so special. There are also many subtle differences that make Colorado so extraordinary.
Colorado offers many opportunities, many dealing with going out into nature and exploring the beautiful grounds and mountains Colorado has to offer. The mountains are what draw most people to come out here.
With most people being outdoorsy and adventurous, it creates a unique atmosphere separate from the atmosphere of big cities. It feels as though time is slower here. People are truly enjoying their day, instead of rushing around trying to get to the next place. People look up and soak in what’s around them, taking in all nature has to offer. They truly appreciate more of their surroundings and take care of their home. The environmentally friendly attitude creates a very “green” atmosphere.
The vibes Fort Collins gives off are very positive and welcoming. It seems like the sun is always shining and people are generally always happy and content, spreading that positivity to those around them. The general scene of people are open-minded and non-judgmental. People are less focused on the appearance of others and are more interested in human interaction. This is so refreshing after living in a big city, where it feels as though people are rushing to get where they personally need to go, and are uninterested in their environment and surroundings.
Another contributing factor to the atmosphere is downtown Fort Collins, also known as Old Town. The pianos and art placed around the main center of town emphasizes the importance of individual expression and creates a very comfortable environment.
I don’t wish to make big-city life sound completely awful, it’s just a very different atmosphere than what Fort Collins provides. City life is a very busy life whereas people in smaller towns take things a little more slowly and easily. The world is very big and wherever one goes, the culture will always be slightly different than the one you are coming from.