a notion that might be pretty clear-cut and easy to define to folks who still live onthe same beauty patch they were born and raised. With millions of songs, poems and quotes out there trying to capture the essence of every possible association with “Home”, the answer to the question What the heck does “Home” really stand for? remains presumably much more challenging to those who have been given a good cultural shaking in and through their upbringing.
Be it having emigrated at a young age from their natal country to find their luck in a completely new environment, physically giving up their roots to find a new “home” far away from their original one, like my friend David from El Salvador. Or be it embodying two (or even more) different cultures and therefore almost owning two different heartbeats, like many of my mates and myself. Or it can even be not feeling comfortable at the place you were born and therefore rejoicing every time you are being asked: “Where are you from”? And maybe heading off into the world in order to find a more appropriate “Home” due to this.
Whatever the nomadic variation it may be in your case, it remains clear that “Home” can be quite challenging to define for some of us!
Lets throw a few ideas out and make our brain cells dance a little instead of giving them the Facebook information intake overkill:
- Is “Home” necessarily the place you were born? Or where you were educated?
- Is it something determined by outer factors like the previously mentioned ones? And therefore really just another intent of the naturally obsessive compulsive mind to put everything and everyone (including ourselves) into predefined drawers?
- Or is “Home” a term which needs to be understood through our internal world, our innermost longings and our intuitive knowing?
Would love to hear your thoughts on this! I keep coming back to this question and can’t wait to get some different perspectives on it.