“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”
– Andre Gide
I love this quote mainly because when I left home to travel to Japan, I was so satisfied in knowing that it would be at least 2 years before I would even think about coming home. That plan was slightly derailed when I came home when my mother got sick. I came home for one week, and six months later I came home for good. With my mother now being recovered, I understand more than ever why I was okay to lose sight of home indefinitely and am now faced with another quote that I identify with quite fiercely.
“He who is overly attached to his family members experiences fear and sorrow, for the root of all grief is attachment. Thus one should discard attachment to be happy.”
I used to worry about how easy it was for me to squelch my sentimentality, I don’t anymore. I love my family more than anything, but that feeling of being free to go and not have anything pulling you back, that’s a very close second.