A home is essentially the emotional expression of those who dwell in it, which it is no doubt, is no less than an immense personal sanctuary. And for many, home has took on an especially important meaning over recent years. Increasingly, homes are being seen as an investment and retirement centers. More often than not, homes are seen as a place to raise children and to live comfortably after coming home from work. What most homeowners seem to forget however, is that a home is ultimately a spiritual place as well.
A good number of people these days are choosing to leave home in order to pursue “something” that they’re passionate about. Whether it be pursuing their passion of music or becoming a professional chef, the options are seemingly limitless. This of course is a positive thing for many people. What is however, unfortunate is the fact that there is now a rather negative connotation attached to this trend of leaving home to pursue an activity or profession. Many people are associating “giving up” with giving up the home that they’ve come to love. In other words, moving to a new home means either a loss of community and identity or the settling of a person into a different house, town or neighborhood than where they have always lived.
The fact is that a lot of us have become rather accustomed to the fact that leaving home means either giving up something or losing the place where we’ve been, whether it be our parents’ house or our own home. It’s not uncommon to hear people describe their former homes with affection, reminisce about good times and comforts shared or ask if they can see the home they grew up in again. It’s a shame really because a lot of us have come to rely on the home we grew up in and to identify with it. Leaving home usually means giving that previous community and place of residence some time to become familiarized with another. This can be quite hard for some people especially if they have spent their entire lives in that particular community and are used to living there.
Another issue with the connotations associated with moving away from home comes from the idea that moving means “coming back”. We all know it can be stressful having to go home after school or work, returning from holiday and returning from parties to a house that feels completely alien to you. There can also be psychological implications related to going back to a place where you have experienced negative memories and associations. A recent study showed that there are a number of people who, upon moving back to where they grew up, experience nostalgia towards that place. It seems that moving home doesn’t necessarily mean losing your mind and soul.
When moving home, many people would love to acquire new home decor items to bring with them. This is understandable because it would be weird to go back to a different house, town or neighborhood without having any personal possessions. However, this just isn’t possible. There are too many things that go into making home furnishings such as furniture, artwork, electronic items and other household goods.
So what can we do to make the transition easier and less stressful? There’s a saying that when one door closes, another opens; it only means one thing – we need to take stock of ourselves and make the necessary adjustments. So if we’ve decided to move away from our original homes, maybe it’s best to start by coming home to our place like home decor. We can do that in small steps, picking out one thing at a time to add to our current furnishings and gradually making the transition to a new home like home furnishing. Then, and only then, will we be able to say that we truly did come home to our place like home.