Humans are nomadic, not meant to stay in one location

Erica Beebe

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Humans instinctively search for more. This could be more power, wealth, relationships, knowledge, happiness, etc. Yet, more and more people are settling for less. In the U.S. alone, 60% of all citizens have lived in the same state their entire lives. The state of Kansas is so small it is often referenced to a speck of dust on the surface of the planet. However, according to, research suggests that more people are staying put to stay closer to their families.

The fact is humans have lived as nomads for 99% of history. According to, until about 10,000 years ago most humans had no permanent home and simply moved from place to place. Now, humans live in a world of technology that can connect each other to family across the world in less than a minute.

There is never a right time to make a difficult decision. There are always things to be done and reasons why it can not be done. Traveling may seem risky and scary to some who have never left their hometown, but it can also prove to be life changing. Whether traveling with a church group, school or family, people can get out of the comfort zone of a home town. People can learn about the different cultures, languages and lifestyles all over the world never heard of before, and can see things that look so much better in person than on a computer screen. Society can learn that the world is much bigger than 400 followers on Twitter and that there are things more tragic than a nasty breakup.

If people continue to make excuses on why not to do something, they end up in the same place started. Lao Tzu said “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” Any opportunity to do something new or different is an opportunity more people need to start taking.