OK, I see this Daily Prompt in two different ways, first the slap in the face of ‘what are you really asking,’ and second, the reality between me and most people.
“If you had the opportunity to live a nomadic life, traveling from place to place, would you do it? Do you need a home base? What makes a place “home” to you?”
In the ten years and 26 days I was in the Army, I was NOT counting days, I moved 11 major moves, 4 international moves, and moved rooms at least another 20 times. And I spent 8 of those years in three places.
I live in Ukraine, half time, and in San Antonio, Texas half time.
I prefer not to move, moving is always a pain, and I prefer not to travel, you always forget a toothbrush, or razor.
But, to ask if I had the opportunity to live a nomadic life really, really, really sounds
Everyone has ‘the opportunity.’
Some might really fear moving, or traveling. But, for the other 90% of the population, it is a matter of choice.
Hop in the car, or load up the bike or plane, and go.
For a day, for a week, for a month, whatever amount of time you have to spare.
Then there is reality.
Some people have too much stuff to just up and leave. I have a 3,000 book library give or take many hundreds of books. My trike is in San Antonio, so all I can do for exercise is walk when I am here in Ukraine.
But, my reality is the same reality that my ancestors lived.
We were the frontier people.
We were always ‘pathfinders.’ My father was a literal pathfinder, US Army type.
We explored, we settled down, and then we got ready to move again.
Ironically, even with all of my family moving around, we still spent over 100 years in one county in Texas. Ironic, everyone has a ‘home.’ Everyone.
But, some people are able to make a home without the external walls, floors, neighborhood, corner grocery that other people need.
Some call being able to travel ‘nomadic,’ but on at least one level, being able to travel is truly an ability to put down a feeling of home where ever you lay your head for the night.
Is your home really where your heart is at that moment? Do you carry family with you? Or, do you have to physically be surrounded by family? So, this really comes down to does your head have to lay on the same bed every night, or can you move from rock to soft place and back to sleeping on a rock?
Just so you know, the rock is metaphoric, my back requires a sleeping mat …. Not a paid advert yet. But, I could say, “My home is where my back does not hurt much.”