Homesickness is something that is never talked about in this lifestyle and I find it saddening. No one takes the time to tell you the negatives you may experience or go through. No one wants to portray that part of this lifestyle. All you hear about is all the great places, you see all the beautiful pictures and hear about all the freedom this lifestyle has to offer. I’m here to tell you everything, even if it isn’t all rainbows and butterflies.
Homesickness in this lifestyle is a real thing. After doing this lifestyle for nearly two years I was more homesick than I had ever been in my life. Did I miss home, my family, my friends, my roots…..YES! In fact, I missed it more than anything on this planet. More than I had ever missed anything in my entire life. While I was on my month hiatus with my family and friends I did think about writing, how I needed to keep up for my readers, how I was slacking and would have to work twice as hard once I gained myself back. Believe it or not, I was so far gone and needed a reboot so badly that it didn’t matter. Now don’t get me wrong, you all matter, this lifestyle matters and keeping you informed all matters, however, I was not at my best, so how could I possibly provide you with subpar material just to give you something? I couldn’t, and I hope you wouldn’t have accepted it as my readers as well.
I’m sure some of you may be wondering how that is even possible but I’m guessing most of you are reading this and thinking, “Yeah, I’ve been there.” or “Yep, I’m there right now.” I’m here to tell you it’s OK. It happens to the best of us……..and in my opinion, don’t let it go so long that you get to the point I had. It would have been much easier to listen to my heart and soul much earlier and not have needed a complete month hiatus/reboot.
While on my reboot period, I did spend a large amount of time with friends and family, after all, they were the main reason for my homesickness. I went to cookouts, drank wine on the patio, went fishing, lounged and caught up and believe it or not, I did do a little exploring. Maybe not as much as I should have or wanted to but I realized while I was back in Wisconsin, what I needed more than anything was to spend time with my family and friends, whether it be outdoors, watching tv or just sitting around the kitchen table and shooting the shit. I did all of those things and not one part of me regrets a second of it. This is what I would consider a hard reboot.
With all that being said, I want to give you a sneak peak as to what that hard reboot lead to. At this moment, while writing this, I am in Bryce Canyon National Park. Yes, if you have read any of my other posts you will recognize this place as one of my favorite national parks, if not my favorite. You will recognize this name because I haven’t been able to shut up about it since I visited a little over a year ago. Now, I am here all summer working and exploring. I will tell you that this time the exploring is a little different than all my other times exploring. My exploring actually serves a greater purpose than my own joy and sharing with you this time. I’m not ready to let the cat out of the bag just yet……but you will find out soon enough why this time it is different and what it will bring in the future. Stay tuned 😉
Oh, and incase you were wondering, I will never let my homesickness get that bad again and I strongly suggest you don’t either.