I feel like I’m suffocating in Vancouver. I live in a cramped condo with 2 others. Stores arrange their wares in jam-packed square footage with narrow aisles. Transit is packed, ALL the time. Too many people everywhere all the time. I honestly just want to be, without space or time pressure. If I look for an outside place to eat, again packed with people sitting too close to me with the music blaring. I feel tense all the time and I just can’t unwind. My office is open concept and I’m surrounded by people at close range. I’m planning an escape out of here because this kind of spatial in-your-faceness is killing my soul. I just want to hear the birds sing and wind blowing through the trees. My job pays well and I’m going to use my savings to buy a place where it’s mostly empty. I’m finding I’m doing things at weird hours like grocery shop at 7am and going to the mall at 8pm to avoid humans and crowding. There’s no respite.


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Apr 1, 2019 at 10:16pm

This country is dangerously underpopulated. Go to a place like China , India, or Hong Kong and you will appreciate how much space you have here.

I totally agree!

Apr 1, 2019 at 10:50pm

This city is rapidly becoming my worst nightmare. I live alone and that is my happy place.

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Me too

Apr 2, 2019 at 1:55am

There was a time not that long ago where you could be alone in Vancouver. I used to hike regularly and could be in all of the beautiful places with almost no one else around. I miss the peace and the sounds of nature so much. Vancouver has been destroyed just like everywhere else that too many people populate. It’s been a victim of its own beauty and a corrupt government.


Apr 2, 2019 at 6:06am

I hear you! about 10 years ago I could no longer take it. I quit my job, took a major pay cut and now work from home. I don't make anywhere near enough money but my soul is happy, i feel free, and i do what i want when I want. My stress and anxiety is gone and i have no idea what the future looks like, but i'm happy!

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Apr 2, 2019 at 7:21am

Lucky you that your particular jobs allowed for savings so you can escape! It's very smart to do things at opposite times to most people. I've done it ALL my life and it works just fine to avoid what you're talking about. Of course no one needs to go to a mall or eat out, so I do it for things I can afford to do.

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Apr 2, 2019 at 7:25am

Are you me? LOL. You are dead on about all of it.

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that's what the suburbs are for?

Apr 2, 2019 at 7:29am

if you don't think its "beneath" you that is. You could move out of Vancouver and commute to work, but the tradeoff would be that it takes longer to get to work I guess. But housing is a bit cheaper and it doesn't feel as crowded.


Apr 2, 2019 at 9:09am

Try Gabriola Lots of escapees

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Great post

Apr 2, 2019 at 10:25am

And good for you for having a plan.
I like that you’re not just whining like many of the posters here but putting a plan in motion to improve your quality of life.
Good luck!

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Apr 2, 2019 at 10:30am

Everytime I step out my front door, I'm confronted with stupidity wherever i go.

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