SUCH AN EASY AND DIFFICULT QUESTION TO ANSWER. IS IT PEOPLE, A SPECIFIC PLACE OR THE MEMORIES MADE DURING A CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME?
There is a proverb that says that home is where the heart is, and it means that no matter where you are in the world, your home will always be located inside of you. Home is that warm feeling of being loved, a particular smell, the beat of a song or a place to refer to. In our own way, we all understand it.
History says that this proverb has been present and used in the USA since the 1820s; however, it has never been so fitting. The improvement of travel options and the creation of the Internet have made moving around and living abroad more accessible than ever. The world has become smaller, and the reference of a home is not one necessarily easy to connect with, mainly for children who grow up having an expat lifestyle. And if parents have different nationalities, it is even harder for them to connect with one country or the other. Which makes ‘home is where the heart is’ an important motto.
A home provides security, control, belonging, identity, and privacy. It is also a gathering place to spend time with family, friends, and even with yourself. So no matter if you have lived your entire life in the same area or if you are 1,000s of kilometres away, it is essential to create a cosy and lovely harbour wherever you are. Make the best of your shelter, and don’t forget to keep your home concept always in your heart.