No Strings Attached: 8 Benefits Of Moving Around As A Child

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I've lived in 14 different houses in eight different cities, in four different states, in two different countries.

So, I know a little bit about moving.

Of course, there were downfalls to relocating so much, but I'd like to focus on the positives:

1. You get to experience a bit of adventure.

People always say they wish they could quit their jobs and travel the world.

Thanks to your parents moving you all the time as a child, you know which places you enjoy and which ones to avoid.

You also feel like you’ve been traveling your whole life, since you've basically been on a really long, extended vacation.

This prepares you for future travels. You know how to navigate a town you don’t know, and you feel comfortable in a new environment.

2. You’re never scared to relocate your life.

New places are amazing. You never feel stagnant, and your life is an adventure.

If you don’t like your job and the town you’re living in, or you just need a change of scenery, you’re more than willing to pick up and go.

A fresh start is often what we need in life, and you aren’t afraid to go after yours.

3. You can manage your nostalgia.

Every now and then, you come across something, and it sparks a little nostalgia.

You can take a moment to reminisce and appreciate the past before moving your focus back onto the present and the future.

You don’t live in the past; you appreciate it.

4. You have pen pals.

It’s like Christmas every day in your mailbox or inbox. You get messages all the time.

You’re well-versed in what information is important and what is filler conversation.

You don’t have time to talk about the weather or just shoot the sh*t.

5. You get to the meat and potatoes of conversation.

You only care about the important things and what's really going on in your friends' lives.

And even when you don’t have the time to talk all day, every day, you still feel like these people who live hundreds of miles away are some of your best friends.

6. You always have a place to stay, no matter where you travel.

Like I said above, these people who are hundreds of miles away are still your best friends.

They're just as pumped as you are when you plan to visit.

7. You always have weekend trips and vacations planned.

Sometimes, it feels like you’ll never have a boring weekend at home, lounging around.

You always have plans to go somewhere, to meet up with someone or to host someone at your place. And for the most part, that’s fine with you.

8. You cherish the stability of your permanent home.

You never know what’s going to happen in the future. You could find a new job, fall in love or find a slew of other reasons to move.

But when you do find that place that makes you want to settle down, you recognize how special it is.

People often hate moving around when they're young. But when you’re older, you’ll begin to appreciate the fact you were forced to box up all your belongings every few years.

So instead of focusing on the negatives, think of all the benefits moving has done for your life.