Transition // Transience / by Rachel Dennis


Home has become a kind of malleable thing in my life.

In the past couple years I've led a relatively transient existence, and while the pace of the transience has slowed down a bit recently, it doesn't look like it'll be coming at a halt anytime soon. There have been so many moments when I wished it would — moments when the constant movement made me feel disoriented and disconnected, when all I wanted was to unpack my clothes and put them in a closet, to have some semblance of structure and routine, to be able to live close enough to friends and family to be able to see them more than once every six months.

Ironically, three weeks into being back in NC for an as-of-then indefinite period of time, the itch to be off again returned with an intensity that had me scrolling through my photos of The Wandering Days in fits of nostalgia.  I scoured the internet for jobs that would take me back to South America or Europe (because, favorites), or really anywhere new and exciting. Apparently I am as fickle as the weather in this sweet home state of mine. 

Don't get me wrong — I love my home. Carolina has one of the softest spots in my heart. As of yet no other place can top it in terms of my favorite people, food, beaches and mountains. Seriously, it's got a lot of awesome going on; I'm never upset about the fact that I'll always have reasons to come back here.

But people are meant for change. It's hard, and sometimes it hurts, but I sort of love the stretch and the challenge and the adventure of it. So  I move around a lot. These many months of constant transition have made me flexible and curious, more considerate and open. It's why I cherish change. 

This fast-approaching new year is bringing a new chance for change, one that I am super psyched to jump into. Talking Eyes Media  recently offered me a 6-month media production internship starting in January, and I can't even express how excited I am to join them in New Jersey for this next little while. I'm positively biting at the bit to be surrounded again by fellow storytellers, by people who find the same joy that I do in the possibility and wonder of narrative — "this idea that every person is a world."  

"Find something you are passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it."  — Julia Child

So consider this fair warning! Come January I'll be heading north at least until summertime (guys, seriously, pray I don't freeze to death up there), and I'd love to see as many of you as possible before then. Also, any tips or advice on living in NY/NJ (still haven't decided which yet) are welcome; I'm a newbie to life in the north. 

Until next time!

There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.
— C. S. Lewis