While thumbing through archives, I noted a reply that I posted a year ago on an Expat forum. Several discussions focused on the problems one encounters when living in third world countries, and one person asked, “With all of the problems, why would anyone want to stay?”
Play-it-safe conservatives often don’t understand the psyche of the wanderlust. They second guess their loved ones, who react with self doubt or guilt. It’s not everyone’s destiny to stay put; many of our ancestors had the wanderlust spirit and left loved ones behind. Entire continents were settled by people who had moved on. Some say that it’s easier to move on than to be left behind; people mean well, though they sometimes pull us apart when they question our choices.
I have met many people who rejoiced in moving to a destination that felt right for them, but their loved ones implanted that twinge of guilt. “How can we make them understand?” is a question I am often asked.
“Why would anyone want to stay?” After pondering the question, I scribbled my reply while traveling by bus and later presented it to the forum. Gary Phillips – Pro Ecuador Blog shared it with his readers as well. (Thanks again, Gary!) Hopefully what follows might help others to understand!
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