Life is Perfect, So Why Am I Moving To Wales?

Today I walked to work. The sun bounced joyfully off all that I passed, from early morning shoppers in my local village to the sparkling waters of the lake. As I walked I listened to my favorite tunes (Il Volo and The Carpenters… anyone?). At the office I worked on projects I’m excited about with supportive coworkers and a full bowl of watermelon to keep me company. On my way home I stopped at my very favorite store in the whole world, Barnes and Noble. And I reminded myself that (in case of emergency) both my favorite restaurant (Jason’s Deli) and my favorite treat (Frozen Yogurt) are also within walking distance. At home, my lil sister and I prepared gargantuan salads. We splashed our feet in the pool as we ate and laughed about nothing in particular. Afterward my little brother and I jumped into the water and clowned around for a good long while.

Now I’m drying off by the pool side with the sweet smell of coconut oil dripping onto my rainbow beach towel while I plan the rest of my day with complete freedom.

It is days like these when I wonder – why must I leave? I know some travelers go because they have nothing holding them back. Or they go because they are trying to escape their tumultuous pasts. That is not my case. Must I really move to the other side of the world with all the heartache and complication that entails? I’ve got a loving family, a good job, beautiful community, and the best of friends. It is all right here and available without risk, fear, discomfort, or uncertainty. Sometimes I truly wish that I could be content to settle down.  

Why am I leaving it all behind?

Because I’m not looking for an easy life or a comfortable life? Because I crave adventure and all the hardship and thrill that it brings? Because my itchy-feet are annoyingly relentless and refuse to stay still? Because there is a wandering soul inside of me that cannot be tamed?

Perhaps all of those things are true to one extent or another. All I know for sure is that, as my favorite song says, knowing Christ is the goal of my whole life. I am scared, terrified actually. Yet at the same time I feel so peaceful about this move. When the Lord says go, I must go. Because I know that there is nothing better than Him! To know Him, to live in His presence, is more important, far far more important, than anything els

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

20 thoughts on “Life is Perfect, So Why Am I Moving To Wales?”

  1. Wow! I haven’t been in the blogging world in awhile, and just recently discovered your new blog and heard the news of your move to Wales. I am sososo excited for you! And reading this post made me happy, but it also made me ache.
    I’m leaving my own home for a month this summer to work. I’ve always dreamed of travel, but as my departure date draws closer and closer, I am honestly getting kind of scared. I have never been away from the comforts of my home and family for this long before. I never thought I’d feel sorry for leaving, but I am. I’m not going across any oceans or anything like you are, but I can see how you’re feeling.
    Life is good here. But I’m sure life was good for Abraham too before God called him to leave. Sometimes you can’t know what’s ahead. You just have to cling to God and trust that He knows the right path for you.
    Best wishes to you, Susanna. 🙂 I can’t wait to hear of all your adventures in Wales!

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    1. So good to hear from you Hannah! Yes! I totally agree. The Lord’s way is ALWAYS the best way. Even if it is usually the uncertain way. Reminds me of another one of my favorite songs,

      I’d rather walk in the dark with him
      then all alone in the light.

      I hope you have a wonderful time working. Where are you going?

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      1. I’m just going to the state fair to work as an EHW (Exhibit Hall Worker), so I’m not even going out of the state. But hey, it’s a start. 🙂

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      2. Whew, that sounds really neat. Have fun! I would love to hear more about your experience working at a fair. Every adventure is worth it. And every adventure prepares you for bigger adventures.

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  2. Susanna, this was beautiful! It was really encouraging! At camp we studied Colossians, and God has really been impressing upon me that Christ is everything! Christ is my life, and Christ is Who I devote my life to! I’m so glad you’re following God’s will! Thanks for the encouragement!

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    1. Thanks so much Ashley! Christ is everything! The song I’ve really been enjoying lately goes like this:

      Oh how sweet it is just to know my Christ,
      Knowing Christ is the goal of my whole life.
      Gaining Him supplies me, day by day.
      He is rich and excellent in every way.

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  3. always inspired by you and proud of you. we’ll miss you, but it’s time for you to go have some grand escapades! go get some stories to tell your kids someday. you were always meant for adventure.

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  4. Oh you’re moving to Wales! WOW. Big steps, and I completely understand the hesitations and worries that would arise from that. Zomg, I could never. I would just collapse without my family, I think. But good luck to you!!
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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  5. I’m so excited for you and this journey you’re taking.

    Also, I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this, but I really like the design of your new blog. =) I feel like you’re a completely different person! It’s so sophisticated and simple and clean and lovely. And I’m not sure what font you use for your main text, but I love reading it.

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    1. Wow, thanks so much Emily. I really appreciate it. I’ve been second guessing myself a lot lately what with all the changes in work, life, and blogging. I appreciate your encouragement so much!

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  6. I felt the same way myself about my own life. All you can do is follow your heart, passion, and calling, whatever it happens to be. It sounds like you are strong in your convictions, so you should stay with it and go wherever it takes you.

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