The 5 Most Important Things I’ve Lost and Gained From Being a Traveler
1. The notion that home is tied to a place, not a feeling
Verlyn Klinkenborg writes in the Smithsonian that home is a way of organizing space in our minds; that home is more than just a place, but an idea. “Home is home and everything else is not home…Some people as they move through their lives rediscover home again and again.”
For so many years growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, home for me was always tied to my 4-bedroom, 3 ½ bath house on the corner of a cul-de-sac. Home meant dinners with mom and dad on Sundays around the dining room table, barbecues on the patio, and Christmas mornings unwrapping gifts in our living room.