“Buzz me after you get settled.”
“I hope you get to stay at the next place longer.”
“I don’t know how you do this all of the time!”
All of these sentiments make reference to comments received during the Summer of 2014 when we moved from Florida (after only one year) to Northern Virginia. I found a draft blog post today … and the comments mirror what I recently heard as we prepared for yet another move in 2016. This time, just two years later, from Northern Virginia to Columbus, Ohio.
Here’s the thing.
When you shift and move often, you do one of two things. You either dive deep in a place … or you stay on the surface and bob until your next posting. Neither is right and neither is wrong.
- What if it’s not a bad thing to never stay long … what if it’s ok to never be settled?
- What if it’s an ok thing TO leave often and leave well.
- What if it’s not abnormal to be in a place for the course of 24 odd months or the better part of a season in your life.
I’m convinced that the answer to whether one should stay or go, lies in the deeper meaning of whether your relationships — while you were in a place — were meaningful, impactful and truthful.
1.resolve or reach an agreement about a thing.
synonyms: resolve, sort out, solve, clear up, end, fix, work out, iron out, straighten out, set right, rectify, remedy, reconcile;
2.adopt a more steady or secure style of life, especially in a permanent job and home.
Per that definition, it would appear that “settle” is a positive state. That anything BUT settled would be deemed negative. Is it truly bad though, to say “I don’t want to settle”?
If you think through those synonyms, it’s downright depressing to think of the opposite, when you are not settled:
- not sorted
- at the beginning
- not fixed
- needing to be worked out
I’m choosing to be in the camp where I opt to NOT be settled. I’d like to think that our definition of the word is simply meant to be interpreted as a family who is willing to make the most of a stay, during the time they inhabit a zip or postal code.
And if that means we are a bit messy, “full on”, disheveled and passionate about the communities that we live in — while we have the opportunity to reside there — I can be ok with that.
What say you? Are deep roots better than long flung shallow roots? It’s said that some of the strongest trees in the forest have shallow roots that stretch on for miles …