On Being Bostonian

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As the political climate takes a turn (and gives us lots of anxiety, quite honestly) it’s really heartwarming to see people from all over the city come together and take a stand for justice. It reminds me of how special Boston is; an inclusive community with people that are continuously looking to move the needle forward through research, conversation, and cultural activity.

We asked some of our favorite people within the blogging and small business community to share what being a Bostonian means to them. Here’s what they had to say:

My love for Boston is never more obvious to me than when I take the train home from New York City, and I come out of Back Bay station and walk through the quiet, and quaint South End…it’s so relaxing compared to being in the hustle and bustle of New York. I love the pace of Boston…how it slows down in the wintertime, and everything comes alive again in the spring.  I love the people of Boston, everyone is really proud of their city…there’s an incredible and supportive community feeling that other cities just don’t always have.  Maybe it’s because I grew up here, but it just feels like home. – Milicent Armstrong, Artemis Design Co.

Being from Boston is a huge part of my personal identity. I have lived here my entire life (32 years!), even deciding to stay when my parents and sister moved to Miami in 2005. Boston is an integral part of the history of the United States – the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere, the Freedom Trail. Though we have deep roots in the founding of this country, we’re also home to some of the best colleges and universities in the world, teaching the brightest minds of the next generation. In recent years, the city has become a true center of innovation, welcoming companies from all over the globe to develop their technologies right here in the Hub. But more than anything, the reason I love Boston so much is the people. Whether we’re bonding over a shared need for Dunkin’ Donuts in the morning, cheering for the Red Sox, griping about the delays on the T or rallying to support each other during tough times, this community is always united and strong. I am so proud to be a Bostonian. – Molly Galler, Pop.Bop.Shop

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Boston is a thinking city – a site of history that continues to energize the way we live and think about living. I’m prouder than ever to live in a city that sets the tone for future beauty – inner and outer – through the actions, culture, care, and passion of all of us who hold this place dear. Being Bostonian is being both part of a memory and an exciting future all at the same time. I can’t wait to discover what’s next. – Alaina Montuori, Extras by Alaina

I love living in Boston because we care about each other. We may not be outwardly “warm and fuzzy,” but we care deeply about our community and stand by each other. We are open-minded and proud of it. We are an old city with rich history, but we are also a modern and evolving city – ready to innovate and work for a more just and equal world.  – Cameron Bruns, Boston Green Blog and Just Us Gals

Being a Bostonian means being able to complain about the winter but don’t ever tell us you could never live here because “we love having seasons”! We like to complain but whatever. People from Boston may seem like curmudgeons but when push comes to shove you’ll never find a more resilient and supportive community of caring, kind and strong individuals. – Amanda Light, Prim and Propah

Being a Bostonian has defined so much of my life. I grew up in Massachusetts and have lived in Boston for seven years, and I always knew this city was home. Our history, our fierce loyalty and our work ethics define us. I love the different pockets of the city, from my homebase in Allston to the beautiful views in the Seaport to the winding roads of Beacon Hill. This city, as bad of a reputation as we get sometimes for being cold and rude, has a warmth that is indescribable. I’ve put my blood, sweat and tears into this city’s pavement through my daily runs, and it’s shaped who I am. Bostonians are supportive and loving, and they are my favorite kind of people. – Alex Byer, Literally Everything

I was born and raised right outside of Boston and currently live in my favorite part of Boston, the North End. Being a Bostonian means you get the best of both worlds: the hustle and bustle of the city and the tranquility of the water. I love that I can be in downtown Boston surrounded by hundreds of people (particularly around the 2pm coffee rush, us Bostonians love our coffee), and minutes later be walking along the edge of the harbor breathing in the salty air and watching the planes leave Logan. My favorite part of being a Bostonian, though, is that we are all proud to call Boston our home. – Katherine Bator, Prep of Boston

What does being a Bostonian mean to you? Sending love your way today. xo

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