Mmh, no. Not really.
That’s the short answer. This however is a blog post, so we won’t be sticking to the short answer. People ask me this question both in regards to my daughter and my farm. Both make traveling harder, but trust me, if I still felt the same way about travelling as I did 5 years ago, I would make it work. Our first home, the birth of our daugter, the purchase of our farm…these things never got in the way of travel. In fact, they only happened because my interests and curiosity changed.
No longer am I wondering what it would be like to wander the cobblestone side streets of Scotland or dreaming of the smell of the crisp morning air of a new continent at the end of an overnight flight. While that last one still gives me a feeling of nostalgia, its a happy feeling. I don’t feel like I’m missing out. I did wonderful things, saw wonderful places and experienced wonderful things. And now? I am doing different wonderful things, enjoying a different wonderful place and experiencing different wonderful things. Thats a lot of wonderful isn’t it?
Ha, I’ll stop using it now.
So no, I don’t miss traveling because parenting and homesteading did not take that from me. I am a parent and a homesteader because my love of travel changed into a love of growing and nurturing a family, a garden and a little farm. You may think it strange that standing in the middle of my vegetable garden brings me as much excitement as standing in the middle of a new town square once did, but it’s true. Just because it is not an exotic, romanticized hobby or occupation does not make it bring me less happiness. I find great joy in reasearching plants, planning my garden, planting it, and watching it grow and an immense feeling of satisfaction standing in the late July jungle that it becomes. I LIKE waking up in my uncomfortable bed with tiny elbows digging into my ribs and big beautiful eyes pearing into my face from way too close. I like walking along the same trail in the woods with my family, week after week and seeing it differently every time, changing with the weather and thd seasons. I like the rhythm and routine that comes with barn chores and the connections you get with the animals you tend.
Maybe in 5 or 10 years I will have a whole new set of interests, a whole new lifestyle. Who knows! But until then, you can put your pity-look in your pocket knowing that there is no sadness here at the thought of all the flights departing without me!
Traveling and I, we had a good thing. It was fun and we had good times, but now I’m trying something else! 😊