Everyone should at least once in their life, move someplace far away, where no one knows their name. Life is not meant to be lived in one place. The great affair is to move.
Though this may ring true, moving will be one of the hardest decisions you ever make in your life. With this in mind, we have put together five reasons that you should pack up your life into a few cardboard boxes, a suitcase or even just a new frame of mind. Here are five reasons to move.
Feed Your Creativity
“Distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is still the same. But something in our mind has been changed, and that changes everything.” —Jonah Lehrer
To be creative is to see the world in a different way. We look to artists, writers and musicians for a new perspective, or a universal truth expressed in ways we have never thought about it before. This is what makes good art.
When we move somewhere new we can look at our world with new eyes. We learn to express ourselves in new ways. We taste-test our way through a new language or new flavors.
In his iconic book Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon urges us to move. He believes that the very act of moving inspires a wealth of creative material. On one condition:
“The food should be good. You have to find a place that feeds you—creatively, socially, spiritually, and literally.”
Moving stretches us beyond our boundaries, both physically and creatively - a mind stretched by experience will never shrink to its old dimensions.
Deep down, we know that change is the only constant. Yet so many of us bow to our natural inclination to resist it.
My Favorite Humans of New York dialouge reads: “I have this theory. You ready? So we are on earth for a finite amount of time. And time is a manmade perception. And we perceive time passing through change— seasons, aging, things like that. So to expand our time on earth, we must incite as much change in our lives as possible.”
We are so often told to make a change for the better. But what if we were taught to make a change for its own sake. Maybe you should change something. Even if it’s already good. Even if it’s great.
Moving can teach us not to resist change. If we embrace change we can learn to expand time, or least to appreciate it. This is the secret to living a full life. Incite as much change in your life as possible.
Discover Your Authentic Self
Moving can teach you to separate yourself from other’s perception of you. Moving is essentially a step toward freedom - you are freed from pre-conceptions and your own history. Sometimes it is best to go someplace where no one knows your name in order to make a name for yourself.
Yes, it will be hard. The challenges are a chance for growth.
There will be some things and people that you miss. This is good. What you miss will teach you what you value, both in other people and in yourself. Moving will show you how to separate the important stuff from the things you are ready to leave behind.
You will be stripped bare - your social status and your connections will no longer hold sway. Layer by layer, you will tear back the identities that other people have created for you. You will be left with the core - your authentic self.
There is a magic in the mundanities of our day-to-day life. Tiny things hold value. The tragedy is, as we grow up we lose our sense of magic. We become blind to the small blessings that punctuate our existence. So much is taken for granted.
We have to learn to notice miracles. It takes practice to cultivate mindfulness. It is by no means an easy process. Moving can help. It gives us an awareness of our surroundings. Awareness is the key.
"To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted." - Bill Bryson
In a way, moving is the cure for growing up. As infants, everything was a miracle. As Bill Bryson says, when we are faraway we experience everyday things as if for the first time. Even a trip to the supermarket reveals new wonders. We start to see the world through the eyes of childhood: everything is new and everything is miraculous.
Seek the Unknown
Moving is essentially an act of independence. For this reason, your experience will be entirely your own. This will be unique to you as an individual. That is why, the greatest benefit of moving is something that is, for now, unknown. So seek the great, perhaps. Chase down the unforeseeable. Live a life in pursuit of possibility. The unknown is the best bit.