Do you consider yourself a homebody? Or the opposite of a homebody?
For awhile, I was worried I was turning in to a homebody. I enjoyed working from home so much, and NOT commuting three hours every weekday, that it made me not want to travel in to the city that often.
And that made me feel bad.
For a second.
Duh. Why would I want to travel 50 miles one way often, for work or entertainment? That’s ridiculous! Not wanting to do that all the time doesn’t make me a homebody. It just means I want to live a life outside of commuting.
Steven and I have met people who assume there is NOTHING to do in the suburbs, and think we MUST go in to the city each weekend so we don’t die of boredom. No. No, no, no.
Anyway. I do enjoy time at home. I don’t need to go out every night. But more often than not, I find myself leaving the house a few times a day for activities. And that, with a balance of being at home some nights, makes me feel the best.
I was thinking about this this morning because I know people who I would consider to be more of a homebody than myself. They leave the home to work, run errands, see people, etc. … but they don’t like it. They’re uncomfortable. They are unwilling to try activities outside of their norm. They prefer to stay in their home every night, and rarely travel. They want to stick to what they know.
And I think that is why homebody has a negative connotation. And why google came up with this when I searched for the definition:
“Perceived as unadventurous.” Yeah. That’s honestly how I view those people.
And that is why I said “I was worried I was turning in to a homebody.” I was thinking that enjoying time at home and not commuting all the time and wanting to go in to the city often made me unadventurous. It doesn’t. Ha. But I can definitely see how it would make other people view me that way!
But the real question is… why do I see “adventurous” as an important quality for people to have?! Why can’t they just be happy with what they know?
When I lived in Rome in college, a classmate of mine said she’d probably never leave the states again after she got back. And she probably won’t. She moved back to her hometown right after graduation and is still there.
And there is NOTHING wrong with living in your hometown! But why say, “I’ll never travel outside of the states again?!” Gah! I get such a rush off of seeing/discovering new places (domestic and abroad) and trying new things… why limit yourself?
Because we’re all different and not everyone enjoys that. I know, I know.
But adventure is important to me.
It’s funny. I know quite a few people who spend a lot of money to vacation at the same places each year (hey – not much different than us always traveling to where friends/family are)… and I want to be like “try something new!” I mean, I know if you love something, you want to go there over and over ( like us with restaurants), but come on! When we went to Aruba, one of the people on our flight was on their 20th trip there. I guess I’d just want to see more.
Ha. What do I know? And what does that have to do with being a homebody? Not much. That’s just me wishing we had time/money to see all the places we want to see!
And I’m aware of all the contradictions / hypocritical statements in this post – 1. me saying I don’t like the commute but questioning people who don’t like to travel, 2. saying it’s lame to go to the same places year after year, when I do that, 3. implying that homebodies cannot be adventurous without leaving the house (not true at all – for all I know, they try a new recipe each night, etc.), 4. implying there’s no adventure in exploring US soil (ha – we all know how much I loved SLC), 5. The biggest one of all – knowing I do need time at home to recharge or I get really worn out from doing too much!