Is home a castle or more an open space?
Every small and big creature on the planet Earth has a shelter. How is the human shelter different then?
FOR MANY OF US home means all those precious things as sanctuary; a place where your own bed is; a place where you can be 100 percent yourself; a warm dog or a cat curled up by your feet at bedtime; a place of love and comfort that always welcomes you with open arms; total acceptance; a place that evokes a sigh of relief as you walk in the door; it’s where you don’t have to be perfect; a place you can feel comfortable; where you feel yourself like a superhero; the perfect mix of laughter and feel-good drama that helps you continue to survive; delicious scent of dinner in the oven; a place where you can be naked, both emotionally and physically; it’s knowing that no matter how hard times get, someone is there for you.
- FOR FAMILY PEOPLE HOME IS ASSOCIATED WITH:
Childhood as the best time of a life.
Every room in parents’ home filled with memories.
The smell of mother’s perfume.
Place where children are.
A quiet kiss on the head of a baby asleep in a lap.
The warmth of husband’s or wife’s arms.
Someone to nuzzle with before drifting off to sleep.
A hand of your child.
A pantry, fully stocked with jars of pickles, jams, and fruits, all preserved by friends, family members. Home is going into that pantry, leaning against its shelves, which are probably a little dusty, popping open a Mason jar of homemade apple butter, and eating it right there, out of the jar with a long tea spoon.
- FOR BUSY PEOPLE HOME MEANS:
The sensation of peace on a cozy, rainy day.
A warm bed that you can’t get out of in the morning.
A zone where your boss, pesky customers, and bad drivers are absent and where the absurdities of the day can be shared―unchecked, unedited, and without remorse.
The feeling of relief when you pull into the driveway after a long trip.
Where you welcome chaos.
It makes you feel a little more sane.
Where you are treated with dignity and respect even on the worst days.
The smell of fresh laundry and a hot cup of tea.
- FOR ARTISTIC AND CREATIVE PEOPLE
Home is not only a place; it’s more a feeling.
It is where you receive the love, the support, and the sense of security that helps make you who you are today.
Where you get equipped with traditions and learn artisanal skills within generations (baking pies, knitting, repairing).
Home means snow skis still sitting in the living room in June, dishes in the sink, too much artwork for too little wall space, and Indian takeout in the fridge.
- FOR NOMADE AND INTELLECTUAL PEOPLE
Modern life challenges us to become even more flexible. It is when commuting, we have mulled over big decisions, enjoyed the scenery, cried, laughed, and sung songs. Travelling can also become home.
Living in mega-cities, where space is often tight, we have learned not to limit the definition of “home” to a closet-size bedroom in a shared apartment. We tend to make Planet Earth our extended home: a local coffee-shop counter becomes our kitchen table for the morning crossword puzzle, and a lawn in a park gets transformed into a living-room couch for weekend naps and lunchtime relaxation.
Home is wherever we gather with people from our network.
Home is being around people who can drive you absolutely crazy one moment and make you feel like a million dollars the next.
Home is where you happen to be, even if the circumstances aren’t stellar.
Home means progress and joy.
Home is unpacking that last box.
All those different definitions of home, in fact, show our potential and bring us to an evident transformation of home from a castle to an open space. Home is not just a place. It is something more. Houses get bought and sold; a home stays with us always. We do not physically have the parents’ house for a life-time, but we will always have the love that came from within its walls.
Home defines and shapes us. Home is a point of our departure, it sets us on a journey. We learn life lessons there. Home empowers us to build our dreams, to break barriers and establish limitations when needed. Home shows our place in the world as well.
Free to be ourselves, free to find ourselves and knowing our place in the world, we make our home special. BECAUSE WE DO NOT LIVE AT HOME, HOME LIVES IN US. HOME IS WHO WE ARE. Make your home live in you and you will find unlimited potential in yourself and become a citizen of the world.