Everyone wants things that last. People don’t want temporary.
When we first arrived back in the USA the idea of temporary was constantly on my mind. I found myself saying “we don’t need that” to many things. We can get by without because we’ll just need to get rid of it soon.
Even our home is temporary. And tonight is the last time we’ll sleep in our rental house. The temporary is gone, its end is here.
And what begins now is just a new temporary.
We trade one for another.
Unlike some people who live overseas, we never live there permanently. We aren’t there to settle for generations. We aim to live fully in our host country, but the reality of our situation is that we can’t stay forever.
It’s through this lack of complete permanence that we know change is always coming.
When our plane lands and we unpack our bags another countdown clock will begin. Sometimes we know when that clock will reach zero, and sometimes we don’t. But it’s always ticking.
We want to believe we have permanence, but we’re all just aliens and strangers in this world. But one day we will find something permanent.