"Location, location, location!"
Yesterday, I read an e-mail from a very close friend of mine. She told me her husband accepted a new job and that she would be moving to a new state. She and her husband are no strangers to moving. In their 10 years of marriage, they've lived in three different states, most of which were away from their families. However, she indicated that this move would be different because she now has a son. Moving away from family is different when there are grandparents involved. :)
I'm really excited for my friend. The idea of picking up and moving to a new part of the country where you can meet new people and experience new things is so appealing to me.
Nearly 4 years ago, my husband and I moved to Idaho. We purchased a house that belonged to my grandparents. At the time, there was no doubt in our minds that we needed to be in Idaho. It was definitely the right thing to do, and I relished in the idea of being in a completely new area. It's been a good few years.
Of course, living in Idaho meant we'd be away from family. At first, it didn't seem to be a big deal. In fact, it wasn't a big deal. We were close enough to everyone that visits were not a big production - just a few hours in the car. But, like my friend, living away is different now that we have our daughter. Being closer would mean she could see her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins a lot more. But is location really vital to having a close relationship?
I've thought a lot about the importance of location since realizing I really enjoy change. I honestly think I am one of those people that could move every few years or so and absolutely love it. Why stay in the same place if you don't have to? Why not get out and explore and experience new things? Is being settled really all that important?
Well, I'm sure a lot of people can think of dozens of reasons as to why that way of life isn't ideal. I can think of a few reasons myself, especially when it comes to work for Dustin and school for my daughter. Maybe exploring and experiencing new things is what vacations are for. I suppose I'll never know unless I try it.
Maybe all this talk about change and moving is a sign that I'm not happy with my current location. Hmm, that's something to think about.