“Home wasn't a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.”
- Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye
I LOVE this quote. I've had it jotted in notebooks, etched in my mind, and even stuck to the fridge, ever since I discovered it more than a year ago.
Perhaps I love it because it explains how I feel about life.
It explains why I have no problem moving from place to place, and never settle (hang on, I'm only 24, who says I need to settle yet!). From Nelson, to Wellington, to Auckland, to Christchurch, to where am I going next...with plenty of excursions dotted between - a month in Thailand, another month in Vietnam & The Philippines, a couple more months in India, back to Nelson...
I feel like I leave a piece of my heart in every place I travel to and live in. And I take with me moments, that build together exactly like the quote says, like bricks. Bricks in my mind that are the building blocks of me, of my whole being.
Wow, thats getting a bit deep. I just love travelling, okay!
With that said, I'm going to have to take that quote off the fridge. But why?!
Because we're selling the fridge. Actually, we're selling everything. Well, except for our beloved KitchenAid Food Processor and my beautiful giant elephant painting, and whatever other little treasures we can convince our parents and friends to find space for in their garage for who-knows-how-long.
Because, we're packing up and going travelling!
Yup, thats right, Alan and I have resigned from our jobs, we're packing up our house and we're leaving our comfortable little bubble that we have created here in Christchurch.
We're off to see the world, to create more memories, and to build more bricks of life, together.
A 'no-plan' plan of backpacking Asia until our wallets are dry...
1st stop: Bali, August 26th.
The countdown is on - I can't wait!
Any advice to share for a soon-to-be nomad?