Are You Part Of The “Make Believe Montana”? If Yes, Please Stop
Montana is becoming a place everyone and their mother want to move to, live in, and make all the memories they see on social platforms. The reality is that the whole state is expensive, BUT the true "rural" lifestyle never leaves a person's soul.
There are so many towns in Montana that have so much to offer—yes, some may be a bit farther away from big box stores and you may have to plan ahead for groceries and appointments, but that is part of the reason Montana is excellent; you are able to enjoy the actual countryside.
All these people want to "live the Montana life" but have no idea what it actually takes to live in a rural state. (Rural means country living).
What does it actually take to live in Montana and survive?
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Weather. You have to be able to deal with all kinds of weather situations: rain, snow, wind, mud, ice—I mean, you name it and Montana has it. If you are thinking of moving here you absolutely need to know how to drive in all types of weather.
Change yourself, not your surroundings. One of the best parts about rural communities is that you can go back 10 years later and the same café is there, the same person is delivering your mail, and your friends from school are now running the family farm. There is a sense of security going back to things being just how they were.
Expect less. I love living in the country. I prefer it over living right in town. Unfortunately, my job requires me to be up super early, and having a teenager in high school, in-town living is what we have to do.
People are moving to towns like Bozeman and Kalispell wanting the country life, then are mad there aren't more stores. Umm...that's not how it works my friends. So if you are going on all the different platforms, watching the latest movies/series that star Montana, and think that is what you are going to have here, you are wrong. Enjoy the views, respect the people, and don't ask for more than what is already planted here.