We’re in August now, and a lot of families are in vacation mode. Much of the time, vacation means “going home”—to a hometown or to family. This can stir up complicated emotions. What do I really call home? Is it the place I came from, or is it where I live now? Must home have family or other loved ones attached?
And is home even a location? For increasingly more people, there is no one place where childhood or teenage years occurred, thanks to the volatile job market (or military and other nomadic careers), to divorce or other circumstances forcing movement. What is “home” if there is no location that feels like a still center in your life?
And how important is it to connect to an older location or situation once known as home? Are we really that connected to the past, or do we believe there’s some magical aura to the house we once lived in or the school we attended?
Possibly the most important question about “home” is: How much emotional investment have I made in that term or that place? Is it a healthy attachment, or am I wasting emotional and spiritual energy where it’s not so necessary anymore?
What are your thoughts on “home”? How would you define that term, and how important is it to you?