I think about the concept of home a lot. The more I think about it, the more complicated it gets to answer, especially for people like me who were born and lived in different places, and are moving constantly.
- Where you were born?
- Where you will die?
- Where your family is?
- Where you pay your taxes?
- Where your parents were born?
- Where you have lived most?
- Where you have lived most recently?
- Where you want to spend most of your time?
- Where you loved most?
- Where you have connected best with people?
- Where most of your friends live?
- Where you have the most/best memories of?
- Where you have felt the happiest?
I realize that the more you travel, home becomes less of a physical concept.
I recently watched a TED talk titled “Where is home?” and loved how the presenter defines home for himself:
Home is less to do with a piece of soil than a piece of soul.
Home is a work in progress.
Where you come from now is much less important than where you’re going.
I highly recommend this touching, poetic TED talk by Pico Iyer: