Home is a funny thing. I’m sure you’re familiar with the one-liner “home is where the heart is”. A little cliche but it does get a good point across. Notice that it’s not naming only one specific city or place, which many times we associate with home. Home is a term that isn’t a one-time use word but rather, you can have many homes (and I promise they won’t get jealous of each other). As an almost 22 year old (2 more weeks, woo!), I look back and can proudly say I have three homes that I love equally: Media, Pittsburgh, and Granada. Strange enough, the amount of time I’ve lived in each of these places gets smaller as the list goes on. I lived in Media for about 18 years, Pittsburgh for 3, and Granada for 1. How is it possible that I can call each of these places home with that big of a difference in time spent there? Let me explain what makes a home ‘a home’ for me. First off, the place itself isn’t what makes the home. It’s where there are favorite places and countless memories. It has a sense of family there, whether it be blood family or a family of friends. It’s a place that I have invested myself into. Because of this, it doesn’t matter that in one place I lived almost my entire life and the other just a single year. They’re all cities where I have left a piece of my heart, forever living in 3 places at the same time.
If you’ve met me before, you know that I am obsessed with finding quotes for every occasion. But actually. I have word documents with hundreds of quotes I’ve acquired over the years. Anywho, true to form, after writing this post, I found a quote perfectly explaining how I feel about the idea of home.
“Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You’ll find what you need to furnish it – memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey.”
What makes a home ‘a home’ for you?