“How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home.” ~ William Faulkner
This quote from Faulkner illustrates a familiar feeling that many of us have as we have grown up, gone off to college, and settled in a place different from where we grew up. As a traveling nurse or therapist, you may experience a longing to return to your childhood home from time to time, and the good news is “you can always go home!”
Psychologists will say that one of the most common reasons that people will return to the home of their childhood is to re-establish the bond between the child in those old photographs and the person they have become. Longings for home may even become more prevalent as we are all preparing for the upcoming holiday season. Remembering times that were simpler and less chaotic, being filled with wide-eyed wonderment at the sights, smells, and decorations, are a sure way to trigger a desire to revisit the places that shaped our childhood.
Being a “working tourist” provides you with the opportunity to plan an assignment in a city or state that brings you closer to a childhood home. Instead of rushing in for a weekend to visit family or old friends, you can have 13-weeks of opportunities to reconnect with lost high school friends, visit old haunts and favorite fishing holes. If we were all Walt Disney, we could build a replica of our childhood home and turn it into Main Street, USA in the largest theme parks in the world. But alas, the rest of us have to rely on taking a slow drive through our old neighborhood and stopping by our favorite childhood playground and having a swing.
Even if you haven’t been home in years and you skipped all of your high school reunions, you may be at a point in your career when you are ready for an assignment that brings you home. It is still not too late to find a travel assignment that can have you near your old neck of the woods before the holidays arrive. Having 13-weeks for an assignment allows you to immerse yourself in the place that helped establish who you are today. This season, instead of longing for home, plan an assignment and be there!
“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you have altered.” ~ Nelson Mandela