A Part of the Journey

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I get a sense of ease when I travel. Like I’m setting out on my next adventure, unafraid of the journey it takes to get there. It doesn’t matter if that journey takes me near or if it takes me far, just as long as I’m headed somewhere.

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Maybe it’s the “anywhere but here” mentality. Maybe it’s not wanting to ever call one place home but rather call the open-road home. Or maybe it’s something completely different.

 

But as I grow older, as I watch my friends settle down and get married, have babies and buy homes, I’m constantly reminded that I’m in an entirely different place in my life. I want different things and the more I think about the idea of settling somewhere, the more I find myself revolting and pulling away from the norm, the more I find myself being drawn to the alternative.

 

Whatever that is.Β 

 

I know this is the wanderer in me. And I know it’s not the norm, not the average, and not what most people expect or want. But it works for me. And the question isn’t WHY, the question is HOW – how do I support a life so completely different from the norm, how do I plan for the future, how do I explain to my friends/family/neighbors that this makes sense and this is right for me?

 

I don’t have the answers and I don’t expect you to either. I don’t have the answers to any of the questions but I’m working to figure that out. All I know how to do is follow my heart, follow my gut and just see where life takes me. That’s all a part of the journey.

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I think this is what some call Thinking Out Loud.


7 thoughts on “A Part of the Journey

  1. Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut

    It’s funny because I always thought I would get married young and have babies right away but the older I get, the more I’m like…there’s so much left to do!

    I totally get the whole not being able to explain to certain people why you’re doing things “differently.” Really though, it doesn’t matter if they get it, right? <3

  2. Amanda @ .running with spoons.

    I can relate to this SO much. I’m at a point where I feel like all of the friends I grew up with have gotten married, had kids, and settled down, when here I am with no plans to do any of those things in the next couple of years… if ever. Eep. It’s a crazy thing to admit, but there it is. At the end of the day, we’ve gotta be true to who we are and do what makes us happy, right? πŸ™‚

    1. Katie Post author

      Exactly! While I would like to get married someday, it’s because I want someone to share this beautiful, crazy adventure with. But at the same time, it has to be someone who can handle that life because the kids, settling down thing just isn’t what lies in my heart. Now I DO want my sister and friends to have kids (if they want them of course!) so I can be crazy aunt katie and spoil them to death!

  3. Meg @ A Dash of Meg

    love this!!!!!! beautiful πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ and i can totally relate to a different calming/at ease feeling when i travel. i travel a lot by myself…. i can’t even count the planes i have caught on my own and to be honest that is my fav πŸ™‚ i love the independence and just feeling so comfortable all alone

    1. Katie Post author

      isn’t it? the thing I like about traveling with others is having the option for them to watch your bag so you can pee (LOL!) vs having to drag it around with you!

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