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When Nomading Has Become the Norm

Jen YihComment
When Nomading Has Become the Norm

Have you ever woken up in the morning and just for a brief moment, had no idea where you were? I thought that was something that only happened to 80+ year-olds but turns out it can happen in your 20's.

I've been "on-the-road" since I was 17-years-old, nearly a decade traveling the globe. But, this is a new thing - waking up in the morning and not knowing where I am because I've been jumping from one place to another week to week...

I didn't plan this... a life of travel. It came to me like a disease, the persistent urge to see, do, experience, smell, taste, touch new and curious things. It's addicting. The world is so vast, magical, and mysterious... Throwing myself into new people & places has only made me learn who I am and what I have to offer, I see my reflection in the faces of others and vice versa because, remember, we're more the same than we are different. 

The benefit of waking up in a new place almost every week by unconventional design is that I know now, more than ever, what home feels like. Home is not a place, it's a mindset. It's in your routine morning cup of coffee, it's in a thought-provoking & soulful connection with another person, it's in the ocean waves & the repetitive sound of it crashing to the shore, it's in a window seat gazing over the airplane wing at the big world below, it's over a fire on the beach feeling its warmth on my shins, it's in a favorite song that I fell asleep to on repeat... Every single one of us is a creative-being with an urge to understand, connect, and communicate. I say it all the time. But what travel does to the creative mind is a feeling so hard to explain, it feels like you have your hand and heart on the pulse of the world. I learned to treat my days as I want to treat my life, with balance. I know there's a perfect recipe to a day. A daily dose of mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual balance, whether that's time in nature, space to create, time to connect, time to pause, time to listen, and time to feel accomplished. Most mornings, I can't wait to put my feet on the ground because I know there are wonders to be discovered, challenges to accept, and always & forever things to learn. It takes a certain fearlessness to grab your life by the horns or jump on the mary-go-round for the wild ride. The other day I was walking the beach talking to my mom on the phone and I remembered a past time when I felt like the whole world was backward, chaos... I was once like a sponge soaking up everything, the good, bad, and the ugly. I felt like a kite in a storm. But, over time, through experiences, you build a resilience, a new softness & strength when you realize you can channel your own & others energy into a place of good.

So, have I lost you? The moral of the story is that, we're all "traveling" - whether you're going around the globe to find answers or you're going as far as your backyard. We're complicated yet so simplistic of beings & people, with the same needs, wants, and desires. Be kind to yourself, be understanding & empathetic of others, be a student to everything, and most importantly, find your sense of expression - if you do, you'll be able to connect, harmonize, synchronize, and that is the road to creativity.