We have found a groove.
Today will mark our 27th day in Victoria, BC, Canada. By far, this is the longest amount of time our children have lived in any place other than Boston, and the impact of staying put is starting to reveal itself.
I have always despised the idea of settling. I always thought it implied that one was choosing to take the easier, less fulfilling path . . . but maybe I was wrong.
Victoria agrees with Heidi and I, and more importantly with our children. Our kids enjoy most of the elements that come with traveling fast, and camping, and seeing the world, but they also enjoy their own rooms, the community rec center around the corner, and the benefit of a big backyard. These homely amenities are as new to our children as hiking the Grand Canyon. We've always lived in or near the city and never really had a backyard, or the sense of privacy, or space, or even two bathrooms. And how different is daily family life with two bathrooms?!?!?!
For the first time, I think we have been removed enough from the routine of normal, daily life to be able to truly see what matters to our children and our family. After being caught up in the race for years, this little escape of ours has given us the ability to see the true benefits of daily living and appreciate and accept the things that we really enjoy and deem important.
Slowly, but surely, we are taking all the bits and pieces of this adventure, all the learning experiences and points of enlightenment, and forming a new life plan. We are deciding how we want to travel, how we want to work, how we want to educate, and how we want to live. We are settling into making a new plan.
Often, there are questions as to why a family would take a leap as we have. I'll grant you, on traditional paper this whole adventure doesn't make much sense, but sometimes traditional paper only allows you to write down traditional questions and answers, and sometimes traditional questions and answers just don't fit into your view of a "traditional" life. Sometimes you have to explore a bit beyond your traditions in order to find out how to form a world you want to live in for years to come.
We leap because we have to! Because if we don't, we will spend the rest of our lives pacing back and forth at the base of the mountain wondering what type of world lies on the other side. Until we have our answers, we have to keep looking for them.
Settling into Victoria has given us insight into a way of living that was new to us. This world was one we hadn't yet explored as a family, but we're glad we did. We've now added many more pages to our grand plan, and hopefully, after having many more adventures down the road, we'll form some new traditions for years to come.
We have found a groove, but not THE groove. We're still looking for that next mountain to climb.
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