The Curse of West Coast Living

Ok so it’s not so much a curse as a stress. But let me be clear that there is good stress and bad stress. You know like worrying you won’t have the money to pay rent for the month, that would be a bad stress. The stress I am talking about is GOOD stress. The kind of stress that puts a constant pressure on you to make the most of your time.

Living in a temperate climate like the West Coast breeds this type of good stress. The weather is pretty mild all of the time, especially in comparison to other parts of the country, mostly when it comes to a typical Canadian winter. Now don’t get me wrong living on the West Coast comes with it’s own set of weather difficulties, like torrential rain that lasts for weeks which can then lead to puddles on the trail that are ready to swallow a human whole. Oh and we even get frost in the mornings and a few times a year we may even get a dump of snow.

But I am going to go out on a limb here and say that my chilly brethren in other parts of the country may have it slightly tougher than we do. They do, after all, have to put up with bone crushing cold and hurricane force blizzards. At least they have a good excuse to stay inside, when they choose to do so.

Me, well I don’t really have any excuse. I live in a part of the country that affords me good weather most of the year. My only excuse for not getting out would be my own laziness. And as laziness is a quality that I very much detest, I don’t want to fall prey to it’s charm. I mean come on I really only have to deal with rain, umm pretty harmless water droplets falling from the sky, and perhaps having to splash through water which will in turn splash onto my shoes…GASP!! So I end up with wet feet and muddy pants…that seems pretty mild compared to frozen noses and frost-bitten toes and fingers.

So for now, living on the West Coast, makes me stressed. Stressed to make the most the every single moment I can, because I don’t have any valid excuses. All I can do is tip my hat to my much hardier neighbors who deal with REAL Canadian weather and go grab my running shoes because I’m not going to let a  forecast for rain this weekend stop me from getting out!

If you happen to read this and are in fact one of  the hardier neighbors I mentioned above tell me about your experience with REAL Canadian weather and how you won’t let it stop you from getting out there!

Author: Spring McClurg

I moved to B.C. with my husband in 2010 after spending 6 years living abroad in Ireland. Originally from a small town in Alberta that was minutes away from the Rockies, I always knew I would return to the mountains one day. I love spending as much time as I can in the mountains, whether it be mountaineering, rock climbing or simply running on the backcountry trails. I love to challenge myself and seek out new experiences.

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  1. I would say that the “curse of west coast living” is once you leave the west coast, it’s nearly impossible to ever return because of the skyrocketing cost of living. I moved away to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where I own a house worth roughly $120K…this same home in the lower mainland is going to range between $600K and $1M depending what part of the lower mainland. Sadly, even if I could move back tomorrow (which I desperately want to do), I would cease to be a home owner possibly forever.

    This is my curse :o(

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  2. Were getting pretty sick of east coasters acting like theyre west coast

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  3. “Were getting pretty sick of east coasters acting like theyre west coast”

    What does mean exactly?

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  4. We definitely get this GOOD stress here in Oregon, Spring. We’re always itching to get out and wander, even (and sometimes especially) on the rainiest and coldest of days. 🙂

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