We always joke that our family is semi-nomadic. We only stay in one place for so long before we’re packin’ up the U-Haul and hitting the road again. There are both pros and cons to this type of lifestyle.
(also, I wrote this in the midst of our most recent moves, but didn’t get around to publishing it until now *rolls eyes*)
Pro #1: We get to see a lot of places
One befit of moving a lot is that we get to see a ton of different places. (And, of course, our family loves to travel, too!) So far I’ve visited 35 states, all across the US. *heart eyes* I love seeing the diversity of different states and how different people are all over the country.
Pro #2: If I don’t like the place we’re living, I don’t have to be stuck with it for the rest of my childhood
This has been my comfort in the past couple moves. XD I’m not confined to one place for my whole life. *runs around in circles and feels suddenly claustrophobic just thinking about it* If I really dislike where we live at the time, I am always comforted by the fact that we’ll eventually leave and find new territories and new lands to explore! *cue triumphant music track and watch me walk into the sunset, waving a huge map as my battle prize*
Pro #3: We get to meet a lot of people
This is kind of along the same lines as the first point. But seriously, when you live in a lot of different places, you get to meet all sorts of different people. It’s really amazing to see the diversity between states.
Pro #4: Experience a diversity of climates
We lived in MN for one year. I LOVED the summer weather. It was amazingly comfortable and perfect for being outside. But the rest of the year was kind of cold. XD Whereas earlier this year (March, for example) I was sweating like crazy.
Pro #5: We look semi-impressive on paper XD
That one speaks for itself. XD When people want random facts about me, it’s always fun to list the amount of times we’ve moved. :P🤣 My little brother Dovid has moved a grand total of two times (not counting the move we made while he was in the womb or the temporary house that we stayed in for a month) and he’s not even two years old.
Pro #6: Never get bored of one place
Well, maybe I do, but the rest of my family doesn’t. XD
Con #1: Packing/Unpacking
Uuuugh. This is one of the major drawbacks, especially since I am not extremely great at packing.
I should be, considering everything…. Two moves ago, I packed all of my stuff into a couple big boxes. Everyone complained because they were so heavy. So when we moved here, I put all of my stuff into a lot of very tiny boxes. Guess what? Everyone thought it was hilarious how much stuff I had. 😑😑
Packing is kind of fun, in my opinion. *images of little siblings cast-away toys, clutter and large basements filled with junk fill my mind* Let me rephrase that. I enjoy packing my stuff. Ahem. I love all the excitement and joy of the anticipated move. *heart eyes* Unpacking isn’t quite as much fun. While we do get to find all that stuff that we’ve had to do without, we also have to find places to put it. I just need to dump a bunch of useless sentimental stuff that I have…oh the horrors of that task. XD
Con #2: Looking for houses
This can be reeeeeeeeaaaaaaaally boring. *nods* When we look at house after house after house, the excitement wears off and I’m just like, “You know, it really doesn’t matter where we live. I’ll just stay in the van while you look.” XD (This was the case with us over the past two weekends. We spent three days this weekend looking at house after house after house. All day. For hours on end. With not much of a break and five annoyed, tired, grumpy siblings around me.)
Con #3: Moving is stressful
Packing, selling our previous house, buying a new one, saying goodbye to people, cleaning, unpacking….it’s stressful to stay the least. People get worn down and exhausted and tempers flare easily. There’s always this month long period after we move where everyone is a wreck. We’re all trying to readjust and start “normal” life again, in a completely new place. People get mad, fight, scream, cry, lock themselves away and fall apart. 😦
Con #4: Never feeling like you belong anywhere
This is one of the hardest things about moving so often. All around me, I’ll see people who seem perfectly happy and like they have a place in their town and city and state. Everywhere I go, I feel like a stranger. I do not belong anywhere. I wasn’t born here. I wasn’t raised here. I’ve only been here nine months and we’re leaving again . And even if we stay in our next house for the next ten years, I still won’t belong.
Con #5: Having to leave friends
This was hard when I was younger. As excited and happy was I was to be moving, it was always sad to leave my friends. But that was back when I wasn’t so shy and reclusive. Eventually, I just stopped making in-person friends because I knew we would leave them (as well as other reasons). Now that all of my friends are online/through snail mail, I’m free to fly like the wind as far and as long as I can. *nods* Or at least as far and long as my family can, ‘cause I’m not old enough to move myself yet. XD
Con #6: Nowhere ever feels like home
It’s always awkward when people ask, “Where are you from?” There are several different answers. I could list the state where I was born or the one that we spent the most time in. I normally just shrug and say, “We just moved from so-and-so.”
Honestly, nowhere ever feels like home. This is just a house. I would never dream of calling this state (or the one that we’re moving to) my home. I don’t have a “home state” per say. I was born one place and I’m now in a totally different place. That’s that. *shrugs* I can accept that and be perfectly happy with it.
Would I give up this life for a more stable one? Not a chance. I’m a wanderer. I was born one and I’m pretty sure I’ll stay one. I always catch myself thinking, “I wonder where we’ll go next….” I love traveling and going from place to place. I always joke that if I get married, my husband is going to have to like moving/traveling ‘cause I’ll shrivel up and die if we have to stay in one place for any great length of time. XD
Have you ever moved? If so, what were your greatest challenges/rewards? Are you a wanderer/traveler/explorer? 😛
(Also, if you want a more comical version of this post with hilarious cartoon pics, check out the one that I did a few months ago.)