What’s So Awesome about the Michigan Coastline?
The great thing about the Michigan coastline is the fact that most people don’t think it exists.
It’s The Best Part
That’s the best part about it. Why is this a big deal? I mean, in the big scheme of things, there are so many other places to go to. Why the Michigan coastline? What is the attraction?
Well, think about it. In the mid-West, it’s very easy to go to Chicago. In fact, it seems like all roads lead to Chicago. The reason for this, of course, is that Chicago is the commodity powerhouse of the mid-West. In fact, the modern commodity exchange that powers agricultural production and transfers in the United States originated with the Chicago Board of Exchange or Chicago Mercantile Exchange. That’s how crucial Chicago is to the mid-West. It’s its economic hub. It’s its economic lifeline.
The thing is when you are located very close to such a heavy center of economic gravity, everything else pretty much pales in comparison. It’s if you become anonymous, or you become unnoticeable because you are standing close to something that everybody has their eyes on. This is the kind of geographic optical illusion that the Michigan suffers from. It is in a way a victim of its proximity to Chicago.
Instead of worrying about this, instead of crying about this, we’re actually happy about this. Why? Chicago gets old really quickly. If you’ve ever been to Chicago, you probably already know that there are so many ways you can explore the city, and eventually you come up short. Eventually, you start wondering out loud what else is there.
This is where the Michigan coastline comes in because Chicago, for all its charms, is still a synthetic city. I know that’s kind of a weird way to describe a metropolis. However, if you think about it, all the steel, glass skyscrapers are synthetic. They’re manmade. They’re definitely not organic. They didn’t grow on their own. Human beings created them. However, there is something definitely synthetic, manmade and artificial about the whole Chicago metropolitan experience.
Now, I’m not diminishing the value of living in a city. It’s a lot of fun. I’ve done my fair share of living in cities, but it can get old. At the very least, you need to take a break, and this is where the Michigan coastline comes in because it is so natural, so unvarnished and so unpretentious that it provides nice counterbalance to what would otherwise be a suffocating and emotionally constricting city experience.
If you’re ever lived in any kind of densely packed metropolitan city in all four corners of the world, you know exactly what time I’m getting at. It becomes a really anonymous experience. You’re another face in the crowd. You’re another person sitting on the subway. You’re trapped in this society of strangers.
By and large, there’s nothing wrong with this. It’s not like it’s any different living in Singapore, London or parts of Germany and definitely parts of Los Angeles, San Francisco or New York. However, the problem is the human experience and condition look for something more. It’s looking for some sort of natural focusing center. It’s looking for some sort of rounded mental and emotional state.
In other words, you’re looking for a spiritual recharge, and this is where communing with Mother Nature by just simply walking the Michigan coastline would be a great tonic for your soul. Seriously. I don’t mean to wax poetic, but that’s the best way to describe it.
By simply focusing on the moment in seeing how Mother Nature in all its splendor interacts with the visuals in front of you as well as the thoughts flowing through your mind, you get nice level of recharge. At the very least, you reset your focus and your worries. You’re less stressed, you’re less anxious and you are ready to take on whatever the next day brings to the table. Don’t you owe yourself at least that?