I had never heard of Rural Isolation until I moved to West Cork just over ten years ago. It was my life time wish to live in the countryside, next to the sea. The silence is incredibly peaceful but it can also be quite deafening at times. The poet Donne said:
"No man is an Island".
Rural living seems to be a life without infrastructure: no buses, pubs, shops, community centres, decent roads, street pavements, street lights, friends or even jobs. Don't get me wrong I love the countryside and watching the different seasons like: cold rain, light rain and warm rain. I think its other name is Summer. Yeah I also have a sense of humour and that's why I write.
We have little crime and its a nice place to live. But if you don't have a car or a qualification, or you are disabled or old. There's not much down for you in the countryside. This awful recession is making a lot of the young people in Ireland emigrate. Even worse the suicide rate is rising every month. Its so sad!
Do we want the countryside to be a place for holiday homes, dormitory housing and 'Weekender's'. Or do we encourage the children to get a good education and to move to the city or even emigrate?
I would love to work from home writing articles for newspapers and magazines and even more books. But wouldn't millions of other people? At least I am a published author.
Does anybody care about the people in the countryside?