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Bitten by the Wanderlust Bug

Carolyn Rasak

Posted on December 1, 2018 19:56

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What makes some folks happy staying in one place while some can't settle down?

I grew up in southeastern Michigan and lived in the same house for my entire childhood. When my family did move, it was to a house about 5 minutes away, in a different city, but so similar to where I grew up it barely felt different. Because of this, I've retained friends I've had since childhood, and there were certain things about the area that were nice, such as the large amount of Middle Eastern stores and restaurants. 

From a youngish age, though, I've always wanted to travel and felt the urge to move around and experience new things. So much so, that once I graduated from college, I moved across the country to Southern California to start a new job in my field.

SoCal was very different from where I'd grown up. Mostly the weather, but also the crazy cost of living. It was overwhelming at first, but I adjusted and grew to enjoy it, especially the Mexican food and nearby beach. The commute was a killer, but it was worth it for spending every weekend staring at the Pacific Ocean.

After a few years, though, I felt disenchanted with the area, and my now-husband agreed. It was time for a change. We debated between the DFW area of Texas and Northern California, and ultimately decided on Texas.

Texas is a huge state, just like California! We enjoyed exploring the DFW area, Hill Country, Austin, San Antonio, and even the Panhandle, which has a neat state park. But then the same thing happened, after a few years we were sick of the heat and not being able to exist outside.

We were avid hikers and walkers in California; in fact I joke that we lived outside because we spent so much time walking and biking around parks and the beach trails. Our dogs were kinda sad too, they would get depressed once the heat came in around April. 

So, we made the decision to move again, this time to Colorado Springs. It was a bit crazy leaving Texas so quickly, but we found a great moving company to help us out and local movers here once we found a place. It's been wonderful exploring everything here since it's grown so much in the last four years.

I'm wondering if our "shelf life" to live somewhere really is just over four years, or if we've finally found the place to settle down. I know some people live their whole lives in one spot quite happily, and may or may not travel, and others never settle down. I may be the type that never settles and is always moving from place to place; fortunately my job allows me to do that as it exists basically everywhere. 

I wonder what makes people have wanderlust, versus being happy in one place? Is it in how our brains are wired?

Carolyn Rasak

Posted on December 1, 2018 19:56

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