I just finished writing the Town Info page for this blog. Since I came to this town, I’ve been hearing a lot about what it means to be a Coalmontian. It’s amazing how many people have something to say in that vein. That really made me wonder where that is coming from. Well, after having a bit of a think on the subject, here is what I came up with.
Everyone wants to identify with where they live. The trouble with living in Coalmont is that people here are so different from each other. Sometimes a little too different, but that’s another story. How can you make an identity out of that? Well, I think that the differences is the key. People living here like their independence, they like to do things their own way. You can only do that if you are tolerant of others doing the same. That live and let live attitude is something that Coalmontians are proud of.
Another thing is that we are coming into changing times. The outside world is starting to put pressure on us. If we want our freedom here, we need to define ourselves. We need to know who we are. That is really the main reason that I took the time to write the Town Info page and the reason it turned out the way it did. We really don’t need yet another web page giving our GPS coordinates or reiterating stories about how much fun we have on our snowmobiles. There is so much more to being a Coalmontian.