Well, it’s official. I’m living in Grenoble!
I finally moved in a couple weeks ago. It’s been a long back and fourth of visiting for visa purposes, wondering if I could even stay in France, finishing my time in Montbeliard, and running around the south of France with the remaining TAPIF assistants. By the end, I was ready for down time. Traveling and trying to move in/establish a new life felt draining. I wanted to invest in one or the other. And I felt it was time to invest in living in France.
But now here I am, officially in Grenoble and I have the itch. The travel bug is gnawing away at me- impatient and greedy. And I don’t know what will satisfy this fat little fucker. I’m living in France! I’ve been traveling on and off for the past 8 months. I just finished booking a trip to Italy with my cousin and sister in July, and another to Spain in August with my friend. But the bug wants more. It wants Thailand and Morocco. Egypt and China. To revisit Greece and Turkey. To backpack, to explore, to volunteer, to teach. And I don’t think it will stop there.
I want to become fluent in French. I want to give painting a chance. I want to create a cookbook. I want to see what it’s like to live in a town where I can meet French people my own age. But the more I attempt to set roots here and discover my life in France, the more the bug becomes bothered.
How can I satisfy both?
Maybe it’s because the stakes are higher. Being involved with a Frenchie instantly ties me to this place in a way that goes beyond student, tourist, or traveler. And maybe because at the ripe age of 25 (ok. I know it’s not THAT old, but it is a milestone age, and quarter life crisis is real!), I fear that my travel chances might dwindle and I’ll be left with a fat, old, travel bug that never grew any less antsy. Or maybe I’m just not ready to be all adultlike.
But then I recently read this article about a woman who quit her job to travel the world. While the article itself is awesome and didn’t exactly help with my wanderlust, I came across some quotes that stuck with me:
“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” -Jim Rohn
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” -C.S. Lewis
My mantra right now (that somehow seems to be easier said than done) is to be in the moment. To be here now. I know it’s cliche, but it’s relevant and more difficult in practice than one might think (or if it’s easy for you, please do share how!)
Especially when you have a greedy travel bug.
But for now, the bug needs to pipe the fuck down. It’s got some great upcoming trips to feed off of. Plus, I’m in France, getting an experience that is different and, I might argue, richer than simply visiting a place. And Grenoble has some pretty amazing things to offer: