Some parts of the world inspire awe or love, whereas others are despised or investigated with a morbid fascination. Many people would enjoy visiting the pyramids in Egypt or seeing frescos in Italy, yet others are intrigued by the concentration camp at Auschwitz or ground zero in New York.
When it comes to home, the place you reside, thoughts are often mixed. Usually the general consensus is either positivity, negativity, or mild indifference towards the immediate surroundings. Thanet, it seems, divides opinions further towards the extremes.
The people in Thanet either absolutely love the area, hate and despise it, or are completely apathetic. Those that love Thanet will consistently point out all the good things, the wonder, the improvements to the area. The haters will complain about anything and everything, and the indifferent will offer a resounding lack of opinion.
The individuals that make up each of these three groups are mixed and from all kinds of backgrounds. It is sometimes assumed that only people who move here from the outside love it, a love that fades over time and turns to hate as the area around them fails to live up to their memories, and the lifetime residents are the indifferent ones. These stereotypes cannot be further from the truth.
In reality each group consists of people from all backgrounds. Not all hipsters love Margate, for example, and not all lifers hate Margate. Some will say Broadstairs is pretentious; others love the promenade and shop-local attitude. Yes, Ramsgate has a marina, and a council estate. Should we praise or condemn it based on one or the other?
What helps is perspective. Spending a week away from Thanet, away from the sea, will remind you of everything you didn’t notice before. Have a day to walk around the towns, go to places you wouldn’t usually. Break the routine. Why take this place for granted?
If, after actually seeing the area instead of just looking, you still hate it, that’s alright. If you are still indifferent, that’s fine too. But hopefully, after taking it all in, you will start to realise why you chose to live here, to stay here, and fall in love with Thanet all over again.
How do you feel about where you live?