There’s an air of mystery that surrounds wanderers, gypsies, perpetual tourists, nomads…whatever name you want to give them. I think a lot of people wonder why they would choose to not have a home or settle down like “normal people”. There MUST be something wrong with them. They MUST have done something bad. I’ve even been asked the question, “So, what are you running from?”
For some people, this theory is very true. There are fugitives running from the law or dead-beat dad’s running from financial responsibility. There are murderers roaming free, hoping to not get caught. But don’t group us all together into this melting pot of shady characters. For some, it’s about finding that ideal place to live so they can be happy. Quite a few people don’t understand why I wouldn’t want to live in the United States. It’s the promised land, the land of the free, the land of opportunity! For many, it is…they came from other countries that were impoverished, lacking in jobs and healthcare. For them, the U.S. was like heaven and many of them worked very hard (much harder than some of their American counterparts) in order to make a good life for themselves and their families.
I’m not saying that the U.S. is necessarily a bad place to be, I just think there are better places to be. I’ve lived the “American Dream” and it didn’t fulfill my ultimate desire to be truly happy. There are many things going wrong in the U.S. Not to say there aren’t things wrong in other countries as well. But the places I’ve lived abroad, you don’t hear about mass shootings at churches, schools or shopping malls. You don’t find people Down Under outfitting their homes with security systems and a cabinet full of guns. As a matter of fact, a lot of people leave their homes and cars unlocked. That’s the sort of lifestyle I’d like to have.
The U.S. seems to have a fear factor associated with it. The government is monitoring innocent people all in the name of “safety”. You can barely walk anywhere without a camera recording your every move. Your social media and emails are scrutinized and who knows what we aren’t told about. Our forefathers fought for our freedom, but I no longer think it’s “The Land of the Free”. What it has become certainly wasn’t what they fought for. Sure, times change and we have to change with them, but it doesn’t mean you have to put up with it. There are places in the world just as modern, civilized (if not more so) and advanced.
So what am I running from? A place where I don’t feel safe at any given point in the day due to the media constantly reporting some tragedy. A government that claims infringement upon my personal life in order to “protect me”. The feeling of electronic eyes upon me when I should be enjoying time outdoors. I don’t consider it running, but instead chasing a new lifestyle that involves happiness and a sense of freedom the way it was intended to be.