This month marks three full years as an expat in Barcelona; an American trying to become legal in a foreign country; a 20-something–turned–30-something woman contemplating her past, present, and future; a wandering soul, curious about whether to plant roots or continue her sojourn.
After years of fighting Spain´s legal system, I came out victorious, which naturally has me wondering what my next steps will be. Now that I am finally an employable resident in Spain, my legs itch for the next adventure, er, challenge.
¨I feel like I can never just be content with what I have,¨ I mentioned to my friend, Kruti, who shares my proclivity for wanderlust. ¨I keep searching for the next thing.¨
¨That´s good,¨ she replied. ¨You keep challenging yourself.¨
¨Is it though?¨
I am spending three quiet weeks at my family´s beach house in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a time during which I hope to gain some clarity while working on a few personal writing projects.
I have a sneaking suspicion that I am not the type of person to stop questioning, to cease exploring alternatives, to always wonder what else is out there, or to ponder in what ways I can challenge myself further. I find comfort in temporary complacency but I become bored rather easily. The more I learn about myself, the better equipped I am to make decisions using both my heart and my head.
As I launch into my fourth year in Barcelona, I feel the itch yet again. I hesitate to even express this as it is by no means a declaration of a changing path. However, it is a feeling that it is time to effect a change, whether it be my physical location or my bedspread.
What do you feel the desire to change in 2017? Please share your comments below.
Lead photo: Barcelona-El Prat Airport