Settling down or moving on? This question secretly creeps into my life quite often.
There are times when I feel settling down is a great, convenient and a stress free solution to everything. Being in one city, makes you feel safe & gives you a sense of belonging as you understand all the underlying cultural and social nuances.
Within me, slowly, this sense of belonging turns into a sense of longing for something new and exciting. I start imagining myself living in a different city, enjoying brunch by a lake side and living a new refreshed life.
Moving on and living in a different city, is not an easy task. You basically start afresh and carve your path in an unknown territory. Smallest of things like buying grocery feels like fighting a battle at times. I certainly do not enjoy the entire process of leaving everything behind and renting a house and setting it up from scratch. It is emotionally overwhelming and at times I hide somewhere within me to escape chaos.
When I look at the other side of the coin, constantly moving in the past four years changed something within me. I learnt life changing concepts such as passion & work can go together, taking things as it comes and transforming handicaps into strengths.
Is it really important to live in different cities to grow and learn about your self ? I know so many people who live in the same house all their lives. Is it fair to assume that they are missing out on life? Isn’t just a small “Facebook vacation” or learning new things good enough to grow within?
Above all, Is the feeling of settling down internal or external or both?
I don’t know yet. What do you think?