The essence of leaving home is change. Change brings the excitement of new adventure as well as fear of the unknown and the unfamiliar. As children going away to camp, or as young adults going off to college, many of us have felt the temporary, but very real pangs of homesickness. Those times when loss of the familiar feels like a trap door has opened beneath our feet. But eventually we embrace leaving as a part of natural growth.
And then something happens over time. We work hard to create a comfortable world around us that is to our liking; our home, friends, activities, the work we do- they all become part of a rhythm of days that flows like a well-worn river bed. Life becomes more complicated too, and entangled with responsibilities. No longer can we simply “pack up and go.” Sometimes there is so much effort involved in getting away that we simply don’t. Pretty soon complacency begets inertia. And once again, we find that leaving home is not so easy to do for a whole new set of reasons.
As I contemplate moving to Prague, I wonder if I will be able to leave home when the time comes. The immensity of leaving all that is comfortable and familiar to me; my great little house, my routine, my senior pets, for a place that is entirely foreign sometimes overwhelms me. How will it all get sorted out? Physical aging too has shown me just how easy it is to succumb to inertia. It brings new meaning to the law of physics that states “a body at rest, tends to stay at rest.”
I assure you that my decision to go has not been taken lightly. I believe that acknowledging doubts and fears is not a defeatist attitude, it’s just being honest. Even with all the uncertainty and complications known, and yet to be discovered, I’m still going to continue to work toward my goal in the coming year- because, of one thing I am certain. Just like exercising your body to keep it able to exercise, change is a muscle that must be flexed in order to keep it loose and limber. Remaining flexible and open to change are what keep us young as we age. Leaving home and moving overseas to an unfamiliar place is a big and scary thing, but oh, the possibilities!
Dear Readers: Have you experienced the inertia of complaceny? Resistance to change? Maybe it was a time when you too were leaving the familiarity of home. How did you, or are you dealing with your fear? Please share.
I love it. You in Prague. Yes. I was in Prague twice in the 90’s then in 2013. Twenty years of change was apparent. Some good and some not. Nevertheless it’s part of your heritage and a year spent there will be exciting. I have a gal working at URG from Liberec, Czech Republic. She thinks it’s much nicer there than Prague. But she wanted to be an American citizen and now she lives in the USA and is close to her citizenship. She left home to come here and you will leave home to live in Prague.
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Hi Shere, I just found your comment! Thanks for reading. The countryside is very beautiful in CZ but harder to find a paying job in the small towns, also, less to do in my off time! Oterwise, I’d go stay in my grandfather’s village of Suchdol (:
Bless you Penny
I am using your words of wisdom as inspiration, a positive outlook to cultivate as change ensues. I look forward to following your adventure!
Thanks Linda, we’re in this together!
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