Bloom where you’re planted. Are you familiar with the phrase? My Mother has said it to me forever. She is the perfect example of living this. As a young woman with two new babies, she uprooted from small town Georgia with my Dad and moved to Michigan. Completely out of her comfort zone and away from all she knew. But, she made a great life for us here and has ‘bloomed’ beautifully. I on the other hand, have always struggled with planting.
I’m not quite sure where my love of travel came from. You see, I grew up in the same house from the time I was 3 until I was 18. It was the picture of stability. I went to school with the same kids my entire life, from preschool through graduation. When I was younger, the only traveling we did was to Florida to visit my extended family. This was always a huge production though, considering my Mom was a single Mother traveling with her own Mother and two young children. I’m impressed she made it out the driveway, let alone across the country.
It wasn’t until my Mom remarried that we really began to see other places in the world. My Stepfather encouraged us to see new places and experience new things. I have a horrible memory (and my family likes to remind me of it all the time), but the earliest big trip I can remember was a long trip across the East coast. That’s probably when my love affair with travel began. Since then, I have seen a fair amount of the US, several countries in Africa, Mexico, The Carribean and pretty much all of Europe (aside from a few Eastern European countries). In total, I have visited around 40 countries, including a time when I lived in Spain during college.
I feel very blessed that I’ve been able to experience so much of the world. There is a part of me that thinks I haven’t even scratched the surface yet, though. I’ve never been to Asia or South America; two places that I would love to visit while I’m still young. It’s not lost on me though that I’ve been very fortunate to travel. My parents made it possible for me when I was younger and I’ve done my fair share as an adult. This season of babies and toddler makes it hard to travel abroad, but Collin and I plan to take them as soon as we are able. We both agree that we would rather spend our money traveling than on fancy cars or pricey ‘things’. It’s not for everyone, but it’s for us.
So, perhaps my love of moving and changing comes from everything I have seen. I know that I am such a small speck on this Earth and life is short. There is so much to see. However, I love where I am now. We are back in my hometown, and have a wonderful life here in our community. This month, I want to write about how we’ve made it home and what I can do to even further ingrain myself in this life, appreciating all I have here.
Perhaps blooming and planting is ever-evolving. I’m looking forward to exploring it further.