¨I think one of the important evolutions is that we no longer feel compulsively the need to argue, or to justify things on a kind of rational level. We are much more willing to admit that certain things are completely instinctive and others are really intellectual.¨
Difficulties in Justifying Your Nomadic Lifestyle
People on the road often have adverse reactions to your Fifty-Plus Nomad lifestyle. (This is particularly true if you do not have a home). I suspect that the root of these reactions is either:
- Assuming that Fifty-Plus Nomads must have a lot of money. (Throughout this website, you will find out that this does not have to be the case. Several Fifty-Plus Nomads live the lifestyle partly to save money). Others would like our lifestyle but have a litany of reasons why they can’t, or shouldn’t follow your example. Some excuses are legitimate; however, more often than not, in my experience, these excuses are based on fear; or
- Simply not knowing how to relate to Fifty-Plus Nomads. People want to put each other in a box. For many people, you will be the first Fifty-Plus Nomad they have encountered. When talking with these people, keep in mind, they:
- Have never even considered that such a lifestyle even existed until you walked into their life!
- Do not know how to relate to you. Hopefully, they will respond to you with curiosity. (I like these people!). However, more often than not, they will change the subject or even ignore you because they do not know what else to say.
Typical Issues Nomads Have to Justify
- Your fellow countrymen or women will think that you are abandoning your home country or that you are hiding or escaping from something. They will conclude that you are not patriotic and that you do not like your home country. (I have met people who have become a Fifty-Plus Nomad because they do not like their home country. However, in my experience, the best reasons to become a Fifty-Plus Nomad is because you attracted to the lifestyle and seek personal growth not to escape your homeland);
- If you, like me, become a Fifty-Plus Nomad before you are 65, decide how you want to deal with the question: “How did you get the money to be a Fifty-Plus Nomad?¨. (Usually, people do not ask this question directly. Believe me, however, it underlies most conversation you have with fellow travelers).
- I usually wait before I discuss this with others. I do not always want to reveal that I got the money from an inheritance. First, it brings up sad emotions. (Though I am incredibly grateful to my parents for the gift of the means to be a Fifty-Plus Nomad, I still miss them every day). Besides, I often worry that the person may respect me less because I did not ¨earn¨ the right to live as a Fifty-Plus Nomad. Also, sometimes, I fear that they may decide to take advantage of me if I reveal this information. (In fact, people in many countries have recommend that I keep this information to myself to avoid problems).