explore: the permanent trip part 3

If you’ve been keeping up, you’ve faced your fears and didn’t go home. Good for you. Now for the final step in taking the plunge of the permanent trip.

By now you’ve settled in enough to keep from sobbing for all you knew and loved at night. You’ve ventured out to find the local grocery store and maybe even made a new acquaintance. Maybe you’ve even decorated a little and made your house a bit more of a home here in this new strange land.

Now it’s time for Tip 3: exploring yourself and your surroundings.

First explore yourself and who you are. Not in a creepy way, but in a way that focuses on taking stock of who you are and what you want to learn about yourself while on this permanent trip. Have you taken this plunge with the mindset of re-creating yourself? If so, who do you want to be now? Perhaps you’ve landed yourself in this new place and there are new opportunities out there. Do you want to take them? Are the new opportunities something that resonates with you on the inside?

Ask yourself how you want to spend your time. Ask yourself if there’s anything new and exciting out there that you want to try. Reflect a little on who you were before you moved here and who you are now. Make sure to give yourself a little kudos for making it this far; that alone screams strength and overcomer and adventurer.

Second, explore your surroundings. Take a walk, find a community event to attend, go to a new restaurant. It’s okay if you find something that brings on some nostalgia for what you used to know and have; that happens. Just don’t let it overwhelm you to the point of sending you running away from these new adventures. There is something out there for you; you just have to be willing to go look for it.

When we made our permanent trip, it was to a place so far away and so unheard of, we still are in awe of the fact that we’ve ended up here. The climate is different. The people are different. The atmosphere is different. And when we took the plunge, we were scared. We learned to call this place home. And in exploring, we discovered a lot of new things about ourselves and our surroundings.

We learned we don’t need a car and enjoy living without one. We learned we have talents for writing and furniture building. We learned about several new places we’ve never visited and we went and explored them as time has allowed. As for our local surroundings? We explored them and found unusual beauty.

If relocation calls, take the plunge. It’s a trip like no other.

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