Life is complex, and so are people. All the factors mentioned in prior posts are true, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t also admit that we’ve always had gypsy hearts. It only takes one glance at our many, many crossed-out entries in any address book to see just that. Anyone who knows and loves us, knows this about us.
Just for fun, we counted up the number of times we’ve moved in our married life. Hm. A startling 25 times in 23 years (although not always to new areas). Often the moves were simply across town. Still, that’s crazy! At the very least, it certainly shows our constant need for change in our lives. All things considered, it is actually pretty funny that we’ve never really admitted it to ourselves until now!
Our typical pattern (up to now) has been to try our best at conforming: get the career job, rent the house, try to keep up with the way everyone else is living, fail, get disheartened (or bored), move to a new place, try again. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
No more hamster in the wheel! With our new simple gypsy living plan, we’re no longer going to be focusing on career, obtaining things, or proving anything to anyone. At least, that’s the plan. (I can’t help but wonder how long it will take us (and how hard it will be) to break free from these deeply embedded tendencies?)
Granted, we’ll still be changing jobs (and locations) frequently. But this time it’ll be because that’s the nature of seasonal work and the lifestyle that comes with it. And obviously, being the crazy people we are, we crave the stimulation that comes with that change. We live for having a new adventure on the horizon. We love making new friends, experiencing new places, learning new skills and seeing new sights. (Hubby would add: fishing new waters!)
The other part of that equation is that we’re both pretty independent people. While we’re hard working and care about the quality of our work, neither one of us is particularly good about being “owned” by a job. We’re also hoping that this path will give us some freedom from feeling trapped in that mindset.
Like a chef toiling at a recipe, we’re trying to build the formula for our lives that will give us (and allow us to share) peace and happiness as well allow us to focus on celebrating life! It may take a few tries to get it right, but seems worthwhile!