Five or so years ago I was sitting at a kitchen table in Dublin with my sister and cousin, having reconnected after not having seen one another for years, and not having spent more than an afternoon together for much longer than that. In an instant it was as if no time had past. Not only were we family, but we had another key thing in common, feeling as if we belonged no where and everywhere at the same time. I have treasured that conversation, because previously I had felt alone in that feeling. In the years since then I have come across more and more friends who feel the same way, transient by choice, called “rootless” by others, yet feeling at home in many places. I recently found a TED talk given by Pico Iyer which addressed this facet of my generation, as a skill and a benefit, rather than something that made me different from all my grade school friends who travelled home to see all of their family in one place where they were from, or even more envious, those who did not even need to travel, having all of their family living in the local area. I was jealous at the time, wanting what I saw as the stability and closeness of this traditional family model, but in time I have grown to treasure my more eclectic raising and the benefits, experiences, and skills that have come along with it, still separating me from my peers, but in a way that no longer feels like a disadvantage.
I’ve had the opportunity to share this with quite a few people at this point, but it has come up in conversation so many times I felt compelled to share it here as well. I hope you love it too.