The reason I give thanks that we aren't homeowners is because we've been hit with this opportunity to relocate. My husband has been hired at another airline, and in a nutshell we'll be moving to where he'll be based. One of the rare things, about the airline he was hired by, is that they don't do overnights. Yes, you heard correctly. My pilot husband won't be staying in hotels, and he'll be home pretty much every night after flying. Crazy I tell you! It's a really new concept for both of us considering he's been working away from home for years. The only way that he can be home every night is if we relocate to the city where he is based, because if we don't then he'll have to commute. Commuting definitely defeats the advantages of no overnights, so we're moving!
We don't have a home or children, but I could imagine those things would make relocating incredibly difficult. The idea of picking up children and planting them somewhere new would be scary, not to mention, this isn't exactly a seller's market when it comes to housing. Basically, we have the freedom to move without the stresses of moving family (besides ourselves) to a new place. After all the whining I've been doing lately, about not having a home or kids, we've been blessed with an opportunity for change and growth. So we're taking it! Thank goodness we don't have major things holding us back or this opportunity would have been a much more difficult decision.
Owning a home would also make a move more difficult, because paying a mortgage plus rent somewhere new would be tough. My husband is already taking a huge pay cut (he has the possibility of making more in the long run), so paying two "rents" isn't an option for us now. We're actually moving out of our apartment and putting our belongings into a storage unit. While my husband trains for almost 7 weeks, I'm going to enter, as my uncle put it, the "nomadic period" of my life. Seriously. I'll be living out of my suitcase and moving from here to there while I go through this homeless time without my husband. I like to think of it as a "little adventure", because I sort of freak out when I start thinking about how weird all of this is. Thank goodness we won't have to pay for a mortgage and rent somewhere new.
At this point in our life, I'm actually thankful that we are not tied down by a home. Maybe being home-less isn't so bad after all. Being free from a home has helped us be able to take this opportunity for change and growth in our life, and I am a big believer in doing things that are sometimes a little uncomfortable. Had I not picked up all of my belongings after college and moved myself to Colorado, I never would have met my husband. We're both looking forward to a move and more time together wherever that is. There are too many things that might not happen if we don't try, so thank goodness for not owning a home! Who ever would have thought being a renter could be so freeing?