Define “Home”

Birds need a nest, and they still fly. ~ Gloria Steinem

In our digital age, more and more people work from home.  A few commonplace examples of this 21st century lifestyle are: corporate employees who log in from home, entrepreneurs with a virtual business, location-independent freelancers, and the growing number of students and teachers of online learning.

19129098724_901a5b89b9_bThis rapidly changing virtual landscape is creating changes in not only how we think about and do our work, but also how we think about and identify ‘home’.  How one defines home is, of course, very personal – and it’s also fluid – often changing along with changes in circumstances, relationships, and stages of life.

For me personally, home has been many things: It’s been a place I run away from. And it’s been a place I can’t wait to come home to.  It’s been a place I’ve identified as an address. Other times, as a town, or a city, or a state, or a country, a continent, a hemisphere. For reasons I don’t fully understand, the most sincere definition of home I’ve ever held, has been to identify home as Planet Earth.  Even that at times feels like it only tells part of the story.

I identify as a citizen of the world. But – I also really like my bed and having a home to come home to. I love ‘home’ being not only defined by location but by the people in my life. If my heart’s not there, my home is certainly not there.

But where’s the heart?  If home is where the heart is, and your heart spans across continents, how do YOU define home?

My most recent evolution around how I define ‘home,’ is to embrace that, for me home is untethered, it’s too complex and too big to be defined by one place.

In other words, I’ve stopped trying to answer that question.

And with this release, came a new question: Where is my home-base?

Home-base doesn’t get me confused, and it doesn’t cause me to feel flustered or confined by its definition.

Home-base is where my bed is. It’s where my clothes and toothbrush is. It’s where I return to after wandering and journeying based on my unapologetically expansive definition of ‘home’.

This works for me.  To know where my nest is, and still fly.

Join the conversation and follow the journey!  Please share your thoughts on these questions:

Where’s ‘home’ for you?  What does ‘home’ mean to YOU?  How do YOU define it?…

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