There’s no place like home, just ask Dorothy of The Wizard of Oz. Home is where your heart is. Home is where you build your nest. The best journey takes you home. Home is where you hang your hat (or heart). All of these “home” sayings are true, however, there is one that is my current favorite home quote: “Home is where your story begins.”
My first thoughts upon reading that quote were very literal. It makes sense that it begins at home. Home is where you go after you are delivered into this world.
That’s where you grow, learn, interact, play, and if you’re especially fortunate to be blessed with two healthy parents, home is where you are loved and are taught to live and love as they raise you to be an emotionally healthy individual.
But now I have a little different perspective of “Home is where your story begins”.
Going back to The Wizard of Oz, Glenda, the good witch from the East, told Dorothy that she always had the power and ability to go back home within her. It was right there all the time. I think the reason for that is simply because we are responsible for making a home for ourselves. Our story begins at home because we are our homes and where we are is where our story begins.
“You can start your day over at any time” another slogan goes.
This goes along with my “home” concept. Your story starts over often and continues to do so over the course of your life time.
Each new phase and event in your life typically ends and leads to a new beginning, a new place to start; from babyhood to adolescence, to teenage years, to young adults, to life partners, to parents, to grandparents, to senior citizens, if your life progresses typically. Each time, during every new phase in life, your story begins at home. Your place of calm, safety and love. You can provide those things for yourself and the significant people in your life, and hopefully your significant people are doing the same…making a home.
It’s good to go home. Traveling is a pleasure that I have come to appreciate more and more the older I get. It’s always good to get back home, though. There is something comforting about the familiarity of home.
But the really cool thing is your home is always with you, even when you are away because you have the ability to make a home for yourself no matter where you are.
Safe. Calm. Loving.