Day 17 of the A to Z Blogging Challenge – Thoughts on Being a Nomad
While it is healthy to be by yourself once in a while – a little me time boosts confidence, brings inner peace, focuses on what it is that you want and allows you to reflect and prioritize as you see fit – humans are social creatures. Experiencing life with someone else to share the good, the bad and the ugly is much more rewarding, meaningful and satisfying than going at it alone. Of course, there are exceptions, but when I look around me, whether it is here in small town USA, on a boat surrounded by tropical islands or from a camper in lush Central America, people prefer to do things with a mate or as a family.
The most important relationship as an adult is probably the one you have with your partner. But, since I brushed that topic in a previous post about love, I shall focus on the next best thing when it comes to relationships: friends and family. And that brings us to one of the negative aspects of being a nomad… not having good friends and family around. Communication happens via emails, reducing in frequency and length over the years and eventually the friendships fade as well. When possible, a phone call brings your parents (or grown children/grandchildren) closer for a moment, but the written (typed) word is, here also, the preferred way of keeping in touch. Infrequent visits from family or old friends are made harder by the lack of a plan, confirmed destination or expected period of stay in whatever region you find yourself in. Visits to your home country are always fantastic: you are received with open arms and smiling faces and relationships are happily rekindled. Until you return to your temporary living quarters, the visit quickly reduced to memory, as if it were a short-lived dream.
The good thing about being a nomad is that you are not the only one! Everywhere we go, whether by backpack, camper or sailboat, we meet new people roaming about. People with whom we have at least one thing in common: the travel bug. Social gatherings are fun and brighten the spirits, especially when it is with couples we click with, which happens less often than you think. Some of these encounters turn into long-lasting friendships, morphed from “in the flesh” to virtual contact once you each go your own way again. And so it goes: exciting introductions, sad goodbyes, and sometimes, happy reunions.
Keeping good relationships in check is hard work when you can’t just pick up the phone or ring the doorbell, but the ones Mark and I manage to maintain are worth the patience, effort and time commitment, for the joy they bring and the value they hold of staying connected and feeling loved, cared about and thought of.
What relationships do you find important in your life? Some people cannot travel extensively, because they would miss their family and friends too much. How about you?
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