The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

A Warning for the End of the Wanderlust

I would become a respectable person. I left the university, trained for my father’s profession, went abroad to get a better grasp of things, then went home and worked hard to become just like everybody else…You start off as Mr. X, who happens to be an engineer, and sooner or later you’re just an engineer who happens to be called Mr. X.

–Antal Szerb. Journey By Moonlight

Any former-travelers, Army brats, serial relocators have tips on when it’s time to hang it up and how to keep from settling in? Not that I’m committing to an end, to a lease, to anything. I just don’t quite remember what my plates look like, and I might miss the glory days when I had more than four pairs of socks…maybe.

6 comments on “A Warning for the End of the Wanderlust

  1. Kristine
    August 8, 2012

    Home is where the heart is!

  2. Through your many travel excursions maybe you’ve picked up or dabbled in a new language? Or found one you wanted to try. I’m not sure if you’ve ever been an “Expat” but perhaps you’ve spent enough time in places to help out! The Expat Poetry & Photography Project wants to invite you to connect with other expats from around the world by taking newly acquired language skills and experiences to the next level! All languages and skill levels are welcome! Poems can be short or long, good or bad. Everyone that submits will receive a badge for their blog, and a permanent blogroll link to introduce new readers to your expat journeys! Please check out the “About” page and spread the word to other expats!

  3. J. A. Robinson
    August 8, 2012

    Paige, THANKS for subscribing to my “pun-ny” photoblog and leaving a like! I hope I can bring you a smile (or at least a groan) every weekday!

    After doing essentially the same marginally-rewarding job for 30 years, I started my blog and wrote a book in 2010. I wish I had taken more chances concerning my career, because I am a right-brain person stuck in a left-brain job. I CAN say that my photoblog is the “funnest” thing I’ve ever done!
    –John R.: http://TheDailyGraff.com

  4. anelephantcant
    September 6, 2012

    Don’t settle down and, more importantly, don’t settle.
    Tried it once, didn’t like it, caused pain for self and others, not good.
    Keep a moving target!

  5. journeyman1977
    November 25, 2012

    agree with anelephantcant 🙂

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