Leaving home before going on a big adventure does not have the same effect for everyone. For some people it might be the most adventurous and exciting feeling, for others it’s frightening and sad.
If you choose to leave home for a while (if it’s 2 days, 4 weeks, 3 months, 5 years), you have reasons to do so. Either it’s for a job, or for a relationship, or to travel. Whatever it is, there are always two sides you have to think about.
What does home mean to you?
If you’re lucky to call a place “home”, the word deserves its name because it’s a place where you feel comfortable, safe, and happy. So you might ask yourself: why am I leaving this place? Everything is so great here, why am I leaving the life I’m currently living behind?
Sometimes we also have a hard time leaving people or our pets behind. Is my friend/ family member going to be okay? Will they be the same people when I get back? Is my dog/ cat going to miss me as much as I miss them? Will they be as healthy as they are right now?
Change and fear are close friends
The feeling I get about these kind of questions is, that it’s mostly about our fear of change. We ask ourselves, if our environment will still be same after our return. We’re afraid that something will change and it might not be the same place as it used to be.
Have you ever thought about yourself? Will you still be the same person that you are now?
I feel like there are some questions you can ask yourself instead:
- How much do I gain from the time away from home?
- Is it possible to call another place home?
- Did I take my home for granted?
- Will I see things differently once I’m back?
- Can I just go with the flow and see what life offers me instead?
- How much will I change?
In the end, fear shouldn’t be considered as a bad feeling. Fear is useful in many situations. However, fear and change often belong together. Embrace the fear you’re currently facing and welcome change. It’s soooo important not to stagnate in life in order to stay alive and be happy. Stagnation never brings happiness in the long run.
The journey is definitely the reward
I know, everything (and in this situation leaving home) gets uncomfortable when it’s time for a change. That’s part of the process in life. So enjoy the process, experience everything to the fullest and learn from it.