Many of you have asked where I am from, so I decided to write a personal post about my whereabouts when I’m not traveling. “Where are you from?” has always been one of the hardest questions for me to answer. What is usually a small talk conversation starter, just leaves me tongue-tied. Where am I from? The answer is, anywhere and everywhere.
I have resorted to describing myself as a perpetual nomad. I call the world my home. I am American, but I feel equally at home in fashionable Paris, tropical Bali, urban New York City, or doing mission work in Nicaragua.
I find peace and joy almost everywhere I go. Usually after 2 years of living in one location, I begin to feel that familiar itch that it’s time to move on.
I grew up a Navy brat. This basically means my family was uprooted about every 2 years and moved to a different location. Most kids hate it, but I loved it. Even at a young age I found excitement in what was next on the horizon. New places didn’t scare me, and instead I looked forward to our next adventure as a family. Even when my family retired from the Navy, I still continued the pattern of moving quite frequently. Throughout my life I have lived in 7 states (Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois, New York, California), 1 district (Washington D.C) and 2 countries (United States and Spain). Some of these locations were my own choice, and some were as a family.
So, why am I like this?
I don’t know. Many people have asked me, don’t you want to settle down? Don’t you want a house? Don’t you want kids?
The answer to those questions are without hesitation…yes, I do! I do want to settle down…eventually. I can’t wait to have a family. But like many of my friends who want that now, I am not ready for that chapter in my life. But I do desire it – just currently, those are not my priorities. For people who do desire that now, that is wonderful! Everyone is on their own journey.
So, where do I call home?
I have lived most of my life in Virginia. I was born there, and have lived in 7 different cities within the state. Even though I haven’t lived there since I was 16, my family still lives in a small town in Virginia, and Virginia is where we gather as a family for Christmas and Thanksgiving. Because of this, I would call Virginia my home.
Currently I live in sunny San Diego, California. I have lived here for over two years, and it is an amazing place to live. California in general has so much to offer, and it would be one of the hardest places to leave. I do anticipate I’ll be moving in the near future, but for now I am enjoying my SoCal life and soaking up the beaches and sun!
Over to you! Do you ever feel like a perpetual nomad?