No Sense of Obligation

I like to spend time away from home. I’ve always liked to be away from home, even when I’ve loved my home. Even going downtown or to a store or to the local pool works.

When I’m away from home, I feel free. There’s no responsibility, no sense of obligation. There’s nothing that needs doing, no chores to be done, no phone calls to make, nothing to be fixed. When I’m away from home I exist lightly in the world, just letting time pass and things unfold around me.

I think that’s one reason I like to travel. Even though traveling has its own stresses and difficulties and fears and discomforts, it doesn’t have the same responsibilities, the things that need to be done. You trade a set of responsibilities for a set of difficulties.

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