While we do our best to lead a calm and enjoyable life, very often it feels like we are on a roller coaster. Just when we think we have some stability in our lives – that the ride has ended – some curveball comes at us requiring our immediate attention. Whether it’s a work, school, health, or financial issue, it gets tiring putting out fires. But we also recognize that perhaps our experience is just life. Perhaps the daily trials and tribulations that we muddle through are the way things are supposed to be…
In following the blogs of many families who throw in the towel, sell the farm, and hit the road for a round-the-world adventure, it’s clear such trips are often motivated by an unsatisfying lifestyle at home. Not in all cases, but for many, world travel infuses life with an energy very different than sitting in a cubicle all day on the phone. And while we have seriously considered doing the same, there are downsides to cutting all ties with a home base.
By nature we are territorial and thrive best when nurtured by a community of friends and family that help us learn and grow. It’s also easier to develop consistent practices like meditation, exercise, yoga, and eating healthy when based in one location. Not that these things can’t be done on the road, it’s just that they are more challenging. Also, we have seen how our son thrives when feeling part of a group of friends, where together they have Nerf wars, water gun fights, and play Magic: The Gathering. Not to mention that his teacher is far more skilled at helping him learn academics than we would be.
So we often feel stuck between a lifestyle that is a bit too bumpy, and the realization that leaving it all for a life on the road may feel like just switching rollercoaster rides. What we really want is a middle way. A lifestyle proactively crafted to smooth out the ride, while still benefiting from tapping into the best of having a home base and traveling the world.
Maybe we are asking too much. Maybe it’s not possible. Maybe life is supposed feel like a rollercoaster. Or maybe, if we keep at, the middle way will find us.