If you’re looking to become a full-fledged nomad, or simply integrate more (and more frequent) travel into your life, you’ve come to the right place. This is post 2 in the “How to Become a Nomad” series. Click here if you missed the first one.
Chances are, you are not currently living a nomadic lifestyle. Some people do, but chances are you don’t. To take the first step in living a life that’s full of travel and movement, you have to understand one thing. One big thing.
People won’t understand you.
They won’t understand your life. They won’t understand your needs and wants. They won’t understand what motivates you to do what you’re doing. They won’t get how you cope with the uncertainty. They won’t understand how you organize your life.
And you have to be ok with that.
Sure, people might envy you. They might say things like, “I wish I could do what you’re doing” or “I wish I could travel for months on end” or “I wish I could go somewhere new every six weeks like you do!” but they probably won’t understand how or why you do it.
Or they might be critical. They might ask, “when are you going to settle down?” or “have you got the travel bug out of your system yet?” or “when are you going to grow up?”
These are things I hear all the time.
But what’s most important is how you feel about the life you’re living. Whether you want to be a world-travelling nomad or a university professor or an astronaut or a concert cellist, you have to be OK with people not understanding your life choices. As long as they’re making you happy and they’re not killing anyone else, they’re good.
The moral of the story: Living a lifestyle, any lifestyle, that’s different from the norm is bound to bring about some criticism and unwanted, even if positive, attention. Learn to laugh and smile and be OK with it.
It’s your life. Live it the way you want.