“We are nomads,” a history teacher once told me.

At the time, I didn’t understand the meaning of these words but I managed to keep those words cemented at the back of my brain. I knew what nomads are and being nomadic mean. Those words mean a person is always moving from one place to another and never have a permanent place of settlement.

That can’t be true, can’t it? I wondered at the time. If so, then how come people have houses? How can some live in a place their entire lives and be okay with it?

Lately, that phrase along with other things had managed to pop up again, for reasons that seemed beyond my comprehension. Maybe it’s part of aging. Maybe it’s a sign I’m becoming mature. Maybe it’s because of my recent travels.

I heard people say they get a feeling after traveling. It’s a good feeling, they say. It’s a feeling that makes them feel like they should never stop and wish the trip would never end, it makes them feel like they should travel forever. Is this what my teacher was talking about?

After traveling for four days and coming home two weeks ago, I can suddenly feel this desire within me, something like the feeling I’ve just mentioned.

Meanwhile, my mom is yet again making plans for me to stick around in Utah. “I don’t want to,” I told her multiple times. I’ve stuck in the west and central region for the past 14 years since I immigrated to the U.S., I wanted to tell her but somehow, I’ve found myself tongue-tied again. It’s time for me to begin my exploration.

She scoffed and made assumptions about how horrible the eastern side of the U.S. is. I ignored her. After all, it’s my life and I am not going to limit myself to one place. We are all nomads. So let’s travel and be nomadic.

15 thoughts on “Nomadic

  1. The eastern side of the U.S. is not so bad. It’s different from the west, and definitely worth seeing. 😉 I enjoyed your thoughts on “nomads”!

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  2. Evolutionarily we are nomadic: we peopled the planet in a few hundred thousand years. And no matter how much we domesticate ourselves the road will still beckon – even if it is the eastern side of the U.S. 🙂

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  3. I love to travel, just as long as I have a permanent place to come back to. You never know what places you like or don’t like unless you get out there and find out…form your own opinions about what you’ve seen.

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  4. I’ve lived in the same place for years and while I’m usually quite happy with it, I definitely have a little nomadic feeling in me ready to blossom out at the first chance. Traveling is great. A good post!

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    1. I think you might be right. Moreover, I agree, traveling is fun but at the end of the trip, we all need a home to go to recharge. Thank you for reading. 🙂


  5. It’s always good to experience new things and new places. This helps in deciding where you would like to settle down for a permanent home to come back to. We never know what is around the corner unless we explore for ourselves and find out.

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