Nomadic Versus Home Base
If you had the opportunity to live a nomadic life, traveling from place to place, would you do it? Do you need a home base? What makes a place “home” to you? What is your comfort zone?
Nomadic essentially means anything that involves moving around a lot. Nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes followed the animals they hunt and carried the tents they slept in with them. Many Biblical characters, such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David and others, lived a nomadic lifestyle. In a modern time you don’t have to be a nomad to live a nomadic lifestyle. In fact if you dive in deeper people who are chasing the American dream of a huge house, fast car and a white picket fence, settle down and are enslaved to ideas they don’t understand and can’t break free from. Honestly if you are constantly striving for that dream what happens when you catch it? Do you keep upgrading houses, cars and fences? Are you going into debt to achieve this level of the American dream? Most are. For fun lets pretend that you are financially independent and you buy your house, car and fence in cash. Are you actually at home that often or are you traveling the world experiencing everything it has to offer? Exactly.
Modern day nomads, I consider to be independent thinkers and entrepreneurs. This group of people choose a life of trying to break free from the template lifestyle. They are choosing to live life on their own terms. I am not saying people who settle down aren’t independent thinkers, lifestyle igniters, or not trying to break free and live life on their own terms. What I am saying is people who stay in one place begin to take to many things for granted. The familiarity, continuity, and proximity to family and friends is highly needed by most. This continuity only becomes a problem when it becomes a hindrance to growth and happiness. Living a home base style of life creates safety and provides a life of conveniences. What if you were forced to go provide for your family by creating shelter and putting food on the table? Without turning the key to your ‘home’ or running to the grocery store to buy some food using a piece of plastic. What if a solar flare from the sun hits the earth, acting like an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) instantly destroying our technology and electrical grids? What would be the first thing you would do? This site is not a prepper website so I am going to avoid the details on how to survive if Armageddon happens during our lifetimes.
Many people who read this blog know that originally I called the great state of Wyoming home. I grew up on a wide open cattle ranch, where you could see for a miles in any direction. My childhood went fast, there was always something to do or someone to help. In my spare time I enjoyed going and getting lost or exploring mountains, hunting, fishing, camping and using my hands to build things. The knowledge and skill-set that I obtained through these activities and being raised in Wyoming are irreplaceable. Currently I am living in Chicago Illinois with my insanely beautiful wife and our two dogs. What has surprised me most about this area and the people, is the constant dependence of the local and national governments, eating prepared food 24/7 and luxuries like the latest cell phone, video game or clothing. If a solar flare did disable the power grids people here would starve to death while trying to send out a mass text asking for help…
Readers who know my wife and I know exactly how much we travel. Yes we live a settled life in the way that we still have a home to come back too. A home surrounded by family and friends. But do you know why we travel so much and live a nomadic-like life? There are huge benefits to being jet-setters like making relationships with people around the world, increasing our linguistic ability and enhancing our cross cultural skills. We are developing skills that will allow us to live around the world. We are equipping ourselves with the necessary skills to change adjustment stress into success. Skills that most will never develop because they will fail to cross an ocean in their life time. The common excuses that we hear the most when we ask why people don’t travel more is split between two statements. One, we do not have the money and two we don’t have the time. Well friend if you are constantly chasing money you will never be blessed with it.
Those who are blessed with wealth from God must share generously with the poor (Matthew 25:31-46), and avoid the sins of arrogance (1 Timothy 6:17-19), dishonesty (Exodus 20:15, Mark 10:19, Luke 3:12-14) and greed (Luke 12:13-21). Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. by constantly speaking the words of no money or time over yourself, what is the result? You don’t have the time or money. Lets be clear, change your mindset and stop speaking words of death over yourself and follow Gods prosperity laws and you will be bless. So now that you know you don’t have to chase money for 100’s of hours a year, does that eliminate the second excuse as well? I think so.
For most global nomads, it’s simply a question of when, not if, because we are going to keep on roaming and exploring.
p.s. Don’t fall under the excuse that traveling is to expensive. My wife and I travel for pennies on the dollar. She is a travel expert so if you would like more information on how to save thousands when you travel reach out to her at Danielle@tripstockpile.com or call her office at (312) 330-1621.