The newest 4 letter word in the Pedersen household!
When we originally set off for our Life Changing Year adventure we planned to return home in January of 2013.
But due to a few budget issues, we find ourselves home in December.
So what does
home mean this year now that we are home for Christmas?
I can’t speak for the rest of the family so I’ll just speak for me:
- It’s weird.
- I feel strange.
- I see everything with fresh eyes.
- I’m constantly close to tears for no good reason (sometimes a few leak out!)
- I have no christmas spirit.
- I’m thrilled to see the people I haven’t seen for almost a year but I feel nothing for the activities. Nothing about my previous workplace. Nothing about the local fruit shop. And absolutely NOTHING for the christmas frenzy going on in the crazy stores!!
I have no idea why I’m feeling all of the above. I’m not sad to be home, not at all.
I just feel weird.
I’m planning to make the most of this weirdness! I’m stopping to smell the roses. I’m looking at small kids playing in the water at the beach. I’m watching the sun set and examining the bark on trees at the park. I’m comparing train travel here to that in Berlin.
And I’m realising what amazing differences there are in us after our (almost) year away…
- The kids are so close. I am absolutely amazed by them.
- We all miss each other. We are mostly living apart and Gert is back at work in the truck. We never missed each other before but now we do! It’s nice.
- Jono has become a mad-keen chef. I’m enjoying his cakes and the odd dinner.
- Almost all of us are much more conscious of the cash we spend. Bonus!
- I’m not remotely freaked out by trails of ants tracking across the floor. THAT CAN NEVER BE A BAD THING!
- There’s a growing list of all the cool places we want to visit! Not all are overseas – we’ve discovered an urge to explore our own backyard too!
- I’ve discovered feelings. OHMIGOD – yes I have!!
If you have the chance to take an extended break from your life, grab it with both hands. If you can take a sabatical to travel and see the world and get away from all your obligations you should run, run, run towards it as fast as you can!
You might feel weird when you return but what better way to discover all the amazing things you never noticed about your own home?
And if you find yourself home for Christmas, imagine all that great food you get to consume!
This post is just one of a group of posts being published today by a team of travelling families. Families that have been away from home for long periods of time all have amazing opinions of the concept of home. Make sure you click on each link and see what they have to say!
Bohemian Travelers: Home is Every Where
The Nomadic Family: I Hate Home, and That One, and That One
Flashpacker Family: My Heart Doesn’t Lie at Home
Living Outside of the Box: Where Is Home?
A Minor Diversion: A Minor Diversion Comes Home
Grow In Grace Life: Home… Where Ever We Are, There We Are
Witness Humanity: Things I will miss about New York (or a Guide to the Awesomeness that is NYC)
Discover Share Inspire: How to Always Be Home For the Holidays… No Matter Where in the World You Are
Simon Says: Where are you from?
Gypseekers: Are We Home Yet?: Re-entering Society After a Round the World Adventure
Expat Experiment: Traveling Home
The Barefoot Nomad: Where’s Home for a Barefoot Nomad?
P.S. If you love the picture of our christmas decs at the top of this post click this link to get your own cool photo!!