There aren’t many times in life where you get to make a decision as to what to do next. While growing up, we always have our parents to make those decisions for us, like if we’ll move or where we’ll live. If we take the college route, we start to experience some freedom when we decide which college we’ll go to or figure out which college will accept us. Then it’s easy, we just move to that college town.
Even after college, we’re usually directed where to move by our new employer. For me, that meant I was moving to Dallas because that’s where I accepted my first job. Sure, I could’ve moved somewhere and tried to find a job, but this way worked out well so I went with it.
After my wife and I got married, we decided to move to a city where she could get a job since I can work from anywhere that had an airport. She had job offers in Spokane, Washington and New Orleans. We chose New Orleans. Then earlier this year we decided to embark on adventure of a lifetime when we traveled the world for nine months.
Now, we have another decision to make. We sold the house in New Orleans, and we’re currently living the nomadic life in the US just like we did across the world. Our best estimate is that people get tired of us after five days, so we strategically “visit new friends” as our five day expiration date nears. Luckily, both of our parents’ houses our opened up to us because they’re not too afraid of their 30-something married kids moving back in with them! Our final option is a family member’s house that is currently empty in Duncan, Ok (if you’re not from Oklahoma, just know Duncan is a small town pretty far away from a medium town and even further from a big town).
We have temporary options, but even harder, we have a ton of future options. In fact, we almost have too many future options! We’ve never been in a position where we could move where ever we want. I start my job back up after an unpaid leave on January 2nd, and we’re hoping we can find a more permanent place by then… but if we don’t, it’s not the end of the world.
Jocelyn is also contemplating the future of her career and we’re trying to decide if we want to let her potential jobs direct us to our city, or if we want to pick our next city and then she’ll find a job. It’s so hard to make a decision when you have so many options! We’re so used to have a few options to choose from and going from there!
So for now, home is where we end up in the next five days – just like the past nine months when our “home” switched every 2-5 days as we switched cities or traveled to new countries. I guess the nomadic life continues.