It's just not normal for me to be anywhere for very long.
I'm the same way - but I don't think it necessarily has so much to do with any shortcoming as it has to do with the circumstances of my life changing so that where I'd be most happy living during that time of my life also changes.
I grew up in the suburbs - always wishing I lived on a farm - so I went to college on a working farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains - loved it!
When I was out of college - and before I got married or had kids, I wanted to live in a medium sized city where I could see live music and feel that I was a part of a cultural community. I liked North Carolina - so I stayed in state moving from Asheville to Chapel Hill- loved it!
Lived in Philly for three years - loved it - because I was in my twenties with no kids and there was never any shortage of places to go, things to see - etc.
But when I had my son - the city living felt all wrong. I wanted grass and space and all the reasons I'd loved it before were still there, but I no longer felt the need or had the opportunity to take advantage of them.
Maine was great when the kids were growing up- small town- friendly, close community- lots of friends for them and me and it was safe, houses and land were affordable and there again, it was a place where there was always something to do outside - every season offered its activities - so we stayed there for eleven years and though I'd been really nervous about living in a small town - I loved it.
We moved back to Chapel Hill for a job - but this time- it was different. What I'd loved about it before had changed - it was much busier and more developed - much more like the suburb I grew up in - and that's really the only place I was disappointed in and knew immediately I didn't like it anymore.
Now I live in a small village within close proximity to stunning nature with a large city within twenty minutes of me- and I love that too.
I always envied people who knew where they belonged and could choose a spot and stay put.
Sometimes I look at my sister who still lives in the same town we grew up in, and has never lived anywhere else, with a little envy, in that she's so settled and that looks very comfortable - but I also feel that that would never have worked for me. It's never that I'm particularly unhappy in a place - I'm just always looking forward to what else might be out there that I haven't experienced yet. There are so many sort of 'lives' to choose from - I can't picture only experiencing one.
The only space I think I can't adjust to is the suburbs-that's just not my scene- and I'll never choose to live in another suburb again. That, to me, feels more like just putting in time than any other type of living situation I've experienced. I feel like a real fish out of water in the suburbs.