So, you think the name Growing Rootless has a negative ring to it?
People are always talking about the importance of being well rooted and stable. We’ve all heard that consistency for children is imperative and having a connection to community is crucial. So I can understand an initial negative response to the idea of someone wanting their family to be “rootless”.
When the notion of “Growing Rootless” first dawned upon me, it gave me that same, slight uncomfortable feeling. However, after some further consideration, I realized it was perfect! These two words embodied all that this adventure means to our family, including the uncertainty that it holds.
This lifestyle change is set to intentionally “grow” us in the areas of: creativity, educational choices, family cooperation and experiences within our natural surroundings.
The concept of being “Rootless” is to experience a detachment from materialism and consumer ideals that we are used to. We will be letting go of a lot of our stuff. It is not owning stuff that holds us back, but the constant yearning for more and better stuff and the focus on what drives us to obtain it. To rid ourselves of that, and grow the things that are really meaningful, is the biggest purpose of this adventure.
From the comfort of my sticks and bricks house, on any given day, I may ask myself “WTF are we doing?” I feel lost. Are we doing life right? We are caught up on the rat wheel, so busy trying to get by and get through. But shouldn’t we be IN. INto living, not getting by it or through it.
I’m sure that when we are on the road I will have that same feeling of “WTF are we doing” but it will not be for lack of living life. It will only be because we are uncertain as to what to expect next….I chose the later WTF! Much more interesting.
We are Growing Rootless!