Understanding, that we each only have one life to live can be either depressing or inspiring—for me it was the latter. The go to school, get married, have a family and retire in comfort lifestyle is very much a product of “The American Dream,” though many of the influences in my life who attained said dream often remarked to me, that they wish they had traveled more, been more adventurous and generally “lived” more.
The latter-day nomadic lifestyle is partially a response to (or even defiance of) the culture of rooting oneself in a single location and living out one’s life. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being rooted, for this allows folks to build upon and improve their communities, while giving their offspring a grounded sense of “home.” However, for those of us without such rooting, the globalized world of today allows us a freedom of travel, that may not have been available to previous generations.
In my opinion, it would be a shame to squander such opportunity. When I am old and gray, or if I pass tomorrow, I want to be able to look back at my life and say, “I have experienced and learned as much as I reasonably could and improved the lives of those around me, without regret”.