What is home?

I made it back to the Let’s Blog Off offices this morning after a month of roaming around the world. It was good to be back, but it didn’t compare to sleeping in my own bed and being surrounded by my own stuff when I got home at the end of last week.

I love to travel, which is good because I do so much of it. Ordinarily, I never want to come home once I’m gone, particularly if I’m out of the country. However this time was different. I woke up in a hotel room in San Francisco last Thursday and all I wanted was to be home. It was an odd thing. I missed my neighbors and I missed my passing hellos with the mail man and I missed being known.

It got me to thinking about how I see home. What is home really? As a US citizen who’s found himself abroad a lot this year, my travels have shown me that I am an American through and through yet at the same time, being away has made me better at being here. It’s a bit of a paradox but I could never see my home country clearly until I started leaving it so regularly.

So to ask the question again, what is home?

Is home being surrounded by my stuff regardless of my location or is there something more to it? I can convince myself that I belong anywhere but at the end of the day I never really feel like I belong until I’m back in St. Pete, sitting on my sofa and staring into my laptop. The US may be lost politically and Florida can be enraging but at the end of the day, this is the only place I fit so perfectly.

So there’s my take on home in a nutshell. What about you? What makes home home to you? Is it your family? Your mailman? Your neighbors? Your stuff? Where’s home and what makes you feel like you fit?

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Comments (5)

I am VERY glad to see the topic posted earlier in the week. It’s been on the Friday before for a while, which is kind of a pain because I write my blogs in advance for the following week. This helps a lot, and I thank you. And I’m back from my respite from the blogging world, so I will participate this time!

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