"I don't want to be a product of my environment. I want my environment to be a product of me." - Frank Costello, The Departed


How important is our environment? How does where we live influence our happiness and well-being?

I've struggled to find answers to these questions. On one hand, I like the Dr. Seuss quote, "Wherever you go, there you are." I interpret this to mean we are ultimately responsible for ourselves, independent of our environments.

But our surroundings must have some impact on our outlook. Someone would likely a much different outlook if they were in California or Moldova.

It makes me wonder how various cities might be best suited to certain personalities. 

Maybe you yearn for the energy of New York City, or maybe you need to be surrounded by mountains.

I don't think there's a perfect location. There's probably some kind of trade off wherever you live. 

I supposed the 'life is what you make it' saying is also relevant here. But at what point is your quality of life dependent on what a city has to offer?

I think everyone should try living in different cities, and decide what things are important to them. You can't have it all in a city, but you find what matters the most to you.