I have moved a lot in my lifetime. As a child, my family moved from Las Vegas, Nevada to Midland, Texas. While living in Midland my mom moved us almost every year. When trying to figure out a timeframe in the past, I usually go by what house we were living in! At 19 years old, I moved back to Las Vegas where I spent the next 12 years. Then, as you know, I moved to Germany for 2 ½ years. In the spirit of trying something new, I moved to Indiana upon my return to America. We’ve established at this point, I don’t always make the best decisions. Now, another 2 ½ years later, we are going back to Germany; a move I sincerely hope is permanent. I think I have proven I know all the tricks of the trade!
So now that I have established that I am pretty familiar with the moving process, I come to my question for other gypsies, nomads and fellow expats: Is it just me, or does it seem that as soon as people know you are leaving it’s as if you are already gone?? Do people just think, well she’s leaving anyway so why bother? Are people jealous of the “escape”? Is a move overseas just too much for some to comprehend; just too far outside their comfort zone? And these aren’t rhetorical questions! I would really like to know!
As in most cases, I think it is all about perspective. While some may find it easier to let go in the beginning, I prefer to spend as much time with people as possible before having to say goodbye. I want to leave with good memories and plenty of laughs! All we truly have in life are our experiences. These are the things that fuel your mind and fill your heart. To me, these are the things that make life worth living.