In The Spirit of Nomads


"We were meant to move. Our ancestors were wanderers, hunters, and gatherers. They followed herds and water. They relocated themselves continuously, depending on the weather and seasons. Our very survival once depended on our mobility. Our every continent, tribal communities traveled to where the best opportunities lay -- they moved or they died. To this day, we carry this legacy within our genes, programmed over millennia." -Jeffrey A. Kottler Travel That Can Change Your Life

We were meant to move, I believe that. We were meant to start anew, to close one door and open the next, to keep on pushing forward. Movement keeps us healthy and warm and alert. It's when we sit still for too long that things get tricky.

Many people around me are knee deep in big moves lately, from one home to the next, from one phase of life to another. Surrounded by all this movement, I'm reminded how exhausting it is, not just physically, but emotionally too. Moving is draining, overwhelming and supremely exciting hard work, whether packing up brown cardboard boxes and saying goodbye to someplace you love, or sometimes just putting one foot in front of the other and moving throughout the neighborhood and the day.

I always sleep more soundly after a flurry of activity, worn out and relieved to know that movement is the only way on to the next adventure.

-November 12, 2013

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