Proud to be a Vagabond!
Vagabond-a person, usually without a permanent home, who wanders from place to place; nomad. Yep, that’s me!
For years I thought there was something wrong with me because I wanted to move so much, do so much, and experience new things. I would listen intently as friends talked about careers, 401Ks, retirement plans, vacation homes, etc. I finally realized after going thru some serious self imposed detox the last few months, that there is absolutely nothing wrong with me. I am not discontent, I am completely content with who I am for the first time in a long time. Don’t get me wrong, I still have questions every day for myself and for God as to, “What’s Next?”. I am no different in that way from anyone else.
This post in a sense is a coming out statement. I tried to sequester my feelings for years. I tried to be the content corporate guy. I was asked once in an interview by a family friend who probably wouldn’t remember this but the question was this but it was really a statement of sorts. “Greg, you’ve had a lot of jobs in your life. We’re concerned about your long term commitment to us?” This was followed by an awkward pause by me and at the time, (nearly twenty years ago), I honestly didn’t know what to say.
Looking back! I wish I had gotten the chance for a do over…
Yes, I have had several jobs in my life. We have moved twenty-six times in thirty-five years of marriage. What? Yep, it’s true. A therapist would have a field day with that one, but in fact, there’s nothing wrong with me/us. That’s how God designed us from the start. So, I no longer hide in the shadows about who I am. I am proud of who I am. We are blessed beyond measure.
Minimalism has allowed us to take the focus off of stuff, titles, climbing the corporate ladder, etc. We are not assured of tomorrow. I/we want to focus on serving others today.
Some might ask and have, “How long can you keep this up? Is this just a passing fancy? How long will it take for you to work this out of your system? When are you moving back?” All great questions!
Here’s my answer….I am content today! Do we set goals? Yes. Do we plan for the future? Yes. Are you concerned that others might think you have a problem with stability? Absolutely, NOT! Not anymore.
In closing, if I could give any advice to those who are also contemplating coming out of the closet and into the land of Nomads and Vagabonds, it would be this. Stop worrying about what society and your friends will think. Be happy in the moment! Spend some quality time being okay with who you are. What I’ve found is this. There’s a look I see in people when they ask about our life and some have even made this statement, “Man, I wish I could do that!”. My response….You Can!
Inside, I’m a Vagabond, a Nomad, an old hippie at heart! What is your ‘I Am’ statement?