What I have learned from being a nomad for over 1,5 year
December 23, 2016
It has been more than 1,5 year since we left the Netherlands. It all started with the idea of going for a long summer trip through Europe. Since that day we have crossed 15 borders for over 40 times. We stayed at over 52 different camping spots, houses and apartments. And I guess I lost count of the amount of kilometers we have driven, but it must be at least 23.000. It has been a great journey so far.
I thought it had ended for a little bit, now that we are in Greece. I started learning the Greek language and I put my clothes inside a real closet again. No more living from a bag. But the plans have changed again. As usual. Half of January we will leave for the Netherlands. We will do the drive one more time across all those borders.
That makes me wonder what it is I have learned from this continues change of surroundings. Besides the fact that I have learned how to pack all your stuff in one day ;). My conclusion is that I have become more flexible in accepting change. Change is a thing that will always occur. It is part of life. But we have the tendency to flee for it. Something in us humans triggers not to want to change. To stay put. Of course not always but at least for the time you are happy with what you have, with what you are doing or where you are. But change is inevitable in the end.
Because of our constant changing surroundings, I have faced a lot of it over the past 1,5 year. Some chosen and some of it not. I do believe that I can now coop better with this. I am faster in accepting it for a fact instead of fighting it. Of course it isn't always fun and I won't jump of the couch immediately to say oke, let's go and do it. No, it still takes some time to accept it. It takes time to let the image of a new surrounding that is facing you, sink in. But it doesn't take a big fight anymore. Within some days I can accept it and go with the flow and start making new plans. Adept to it and try to see the opportunities it gives you. I wasn't always the most flexible person you know. If I had a plan in my head, it had to go like that. But well, that doesn't work always in the real world. In the end for me this is very valuable and I guess it will benefit me in all aspects of life.