Day Three – One-Word Inspiration: Chosen prompt ‘home’
Until 3 years ago, my view of what made somewhere my ‘home’ was very different. My home was one place, the flat we owned, the flat filled with all our things and stuff we had accumulated over the years. It was constant and it was fixed. Then the world changed for me and with it, so did my sense of what makes a home.
An anxiety related ever-shrinking world and a growing sense of ‘is this all there is to our lives’ led to the decision that we needed to make a fairly brutal change to our lives and really push ourselves outside of our comfort zone. We needed to leave home. So we sold our flat and went travelling. This changed us in many ways and it fundamentally changed our outlook on what makes somewhere our home. We lived in our small camper for several months touring around our home country. Views changed, accents changed, weather changed ~ our camper changed into our home.
When that time was over, another camper became our home all the way over in New Zealand. It was rented and for only 5 weeks yet within days it was our home, our sanctuary, our life.
All change again to Tokyo where we lived in a small room for 6 months with only a few bits and pieces to call ours. And yes it became home almost immediately (and still is the place we have most felt at home).
Returning to the UK, we moved to a different part of the country and whilst struggling with the fact that our life had become stationary once more, our place felt like home. Travelling changed how we viewed the word ‘home’. Home is a feeling not a place, you don’t need to own it or fill it full of your things. Home is everywhere and it is anywhere.