Why are you here? {in Hoboken?}

Why are you here? {in Hoboken?}

How many of you (regardless of how long you’ve lived in Hoboken) have asked yourselves the big question: “Why are you here in Hoboken?”

Especially for renters – considering Hoboken is the most expensive place to “occupy” an apartment dwelling in the state of New Jersey?

That is a tough question for most people. Because most answers will fall into one or more of the following responses:

  1. My job is nearby.
  2. The social scene is what I like.
  3. I appreciate the convenience of this city.
  4. It is cheaper than living in Manhattan.
  5. Hoboken is “safer,” and offers me everything I need.

There are probably a few more we’ve left out.

But considering that Hoboken is pretty much extremely expensive, all things considered (parking, rent, commuting costs, food, gov’t racketeering, etc.), what causes people to start thinking outside of the mile square borders?

why are you here in Hoboken - Why are you here? {in Hoboken?}

Jobs, social activity, and convenience – At what cost?

I know a few people who have actually reduced their so-called “income” drastically – in order to increase their quality of life.

Yes – that means getting out of the “metropolis.” Whether that be one of the five boroughs of New York City, or even the places just outside, like Jersey City, Hoboken, or Edgewater, which are often included in the big city chatter (Hoboken or even Jersey City have been referred to as the “sixth borough” of the big city.)

People who I know personally have chosen to re-arrange their lives in order to get more space, find better schools for their kids, and plant themselves in what they feel are safer spaces.

They’ve also reduced their social activity (most social activity costs money).

You can say that maybe they’re “missing out” on something – but is that really the case? What exactly?

City living costs a lot of money

No matter which way you slice it – living in the most expensive city in New Jersey is exactly that – expensive. Like a self-affirming feedback loop – you’ll need to “behave” at that high-paying, yet constrictive job you owe your existence to (almost.)

Unless you cram with a ton of roomies, and never do anything (bars, restaurants), or don’t have a car – Hoboken will cost you a ton.

From your costly apartment – to parking garages, tickets, taxes and other expenses – living in Hoboken requires some serious cash.

I know there are people that live within their means – but the social pressure of doing this and that will wear on some folks. The temptation to connect with other contacts or compete on social media may be considered draining for some. But they’ll never admit it. It’s social suicide.

Living in a liberal city like Hoboken comes with costs beyond financial. In the past 10 years, the costs are increasingly becoming superficial and social. That bugs me more than you might imagine.

Where is your “utopia?”

While I know some people are beginning to “wake up” in terms of what a truly good life is (i.e., self-sufficiency, reliance, etc.), I still see many lemmings walking the treadmill of what they THINK is the best path to take.

They’re struggling to climb the totem pole of life they were coaxed into believing was necessary.

Yet they’re always wanting something else. Like a carrot on a string – they’re always seeking something outside of their reach. Never content. “Getting there” lasts only a few fleeting moments before they’re no longer content anymore.

I have a friend who’s pretty well off. However, he lives like a monk. Something admirable about that. Despite having the ability to acquire almost anything, he needs or wants next to nothing other than the basic necessities. Why is that?

That is his utopia. He’d be that way whether he had a little or a lot.

Maybe other people should re-think what their honest “utopia” is in the long run.

Living like a monk doesn’t sound like a terrible idea to us. The less you need and want – the fewer problems you have going forward, right?

Have a great weekend, Hoboken!

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