It's totally crazy. Almost everyone I know is moving or just moved recently. Here's a compelling--and largely meaningless--example of what I mean:
1. Bee moved from South Bend to Hattiesburg, Mississippi
2. Leigh moved from Traverse City, Michigan to Portland, Oregon in January
3. Kelly, this girl I went on a date with back in South Bend moved from South Haven, Michigan to Austin, Texas, with her rocker boyfriend
4. Mona is moving back to Chicago from Pittsburgh
5. Tim moved from Dublin to Ann Arbor, for reasons that still elude me
6. Julie, A former student of mine from Notre Dame is moving from Chicago back to Minneapolis for Law School (good move)
7. Snewtee moved to Parkslope with her girlfriend and pooch
8. M2 is moving from Chicago to Colorado with her boyfriend
9. Randa moved from Iraq back to Beirut with her husband, Hussein, thank god
10. Helmut, after finally getting his Ph.D at Yale (10 years in the making), is moving to College Station, Texas to teach at Texas Tech
11. Amy V. moved from South Korea to Thailand to teach English
12. Micai moved from Azerbaijan to Georgia for her Fulbright
13. Kristen moved from Azerbaijan to D.C. with her Azeri boyfriend
14. Barbara, my Mom's Aussie friend, is moving from Socal to Bali.
15. Nica is moving from Boston to Amsterdam
16. And lastly and most importantly, Erika and I moved from Chicago to Buenos Aires. And we're doing it for a better life. Holla!
I know, I know. Who the hell are these people? Sadly, if you're not me, they're just names. But I used a very personal example to prove a more general trend, namely that people are getting fidgety.
I think we've entered a time of amazing transition. It seems like all of us as humans and creators are passing through a new existential phase as we redefine ourselves and look for our tribe in other corners of the world, looking for a new life hiding in the crevices of other cultures. Instead of settling we're searching for a place that drenches us with a calm sense of wonder.