There's no place like home
By the Advocate Editorial Board
Dec. 26, 2017 at 4:27 p.m.
Updated Dec. 27, 2017 at 6 a.m.
Your Victoria may not be the same as my Victoria.
In fact, our not-so-scientific poll indicates that 71 percent of Victoria Advocate voters feel like Victoria is boring with not much to do. But many residents would beg to differ and are perfectly content with the many attractions Victoria has.
The question of whether our little city is exciting enough was brought up after Business Insider named Victoria the "Most Boring" city in Texas. Interestingly, the publication's authors didn't base the results on actually traveling to and experiencing the cities they rated. Instead, the online publication reportedly crunched data from the Census Bureau's 2015 County Business Patterns program to figure out these rankings by taking into account the number of establishments for 66 different types of businesses such as breweries, art dealers and museums. In that same article, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area was named the "Most Exciting" city in Texas. We found that surprising, as Houston, San Antonio and Austin just seem to be more likely choices for this title.
But let's put all of that aside. We must not get our egos bruised. It's totally fine that we aren't considered exciting based on some statistical measure. We know what Victoria truly has to offer.
What is interesting is this concept of people choosing to live here in Victoria yet don't feel a sense of adoration. Turns out that this is a main concept in environmental psychology.
Author Melody Warnick writes about this in her 2016 book, "This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live." Warnick describes place attachment as a love for your city, a belief that this, right here, is your place. It's a sense of local belonging. An emotional bond based on mutual history, responsibility and affection.
In an article for Psychology Today, she talked about moving to Austin and how everyone talked about how fantastic it was: the tacos, the people, the weather. Still, it never quite felt like home to her family.
She recommends asking yourself three questions to find out whether you are truly attached to the place you live now.
1. Does where you live say a lot about who you are as a person? 2. If you could move anywhere right now, would you stay in your town? 3. Does your city feel like home?
Victoria obviously has much to offer from the museums, festivals and events to a downtown rich in history. The community is a hop, skip and a jump to beaches, breweries, historic landmarks and more. Plus, our little metro area is located in between San Antonio, Austin, Houston and Corpus Christi. The Crossroads is truly a charming place to live if you want it to be.
All of this to say, if you honestly think Victoria is boring, then perhaps consider how you could start contributing to the betterment of this city. Is there anything you can do to make our home a better place?
This opinion reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.