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  • Your family. Your immediate family, create that feeling of "home." It's not where you live, but those who you love, and live with, every day, that are your home.

    At some point in our young lives we all learn that life is not forever. We learn about death. We learn that we will all be dying some day. For some, that lesson is very difficult, but for most of us living in the modern world, the lesson of death is a concept. We've never done it ourselves, and have nothing to compare it to. We know the idea is there, it is true, but it is an abstract idea. We put it away, tuck it back there in our "mind files" under, "nothing to worry about in the moment," and hopefully never have to look at it again! We continue to live our lives as if we have an unlimited amount of time.

    The moment our children are born and put into our arms we know our meaning of "home" has changed forever. Our children become our home. Yes, we know they are just a gift that we must care for in the moment, but we are too wrapped up in our love to really understand that the moments, although they seem unlimited, are so little time. Our children grow up and move into their own lives to create their own homes and take our feeling of "home" with them.

    We remind ourselves that nothing is permanent and we wonder how we hadn't understood that better before. We may lose a loved one to death or to an unexpected separation. It is no longer a file to be tucked away. It is a reality and the true understanding of the lesson changes us forever. Our "home" is ripped away from us and we go kicking and screaming after it until we understand that we can't do anything about it and never could. We can only breath in and out and live the moments we are given. Find the joy. That is all we ever really had. Some of us may follow our "home," our children, looking for that old feeling that will never be the same. We may find a new feeling of "home" that gives us joy. Others may live in regret and bitterness forever out of fear that the pain and loss of love, of "home," has changed us into someone we don't want to be. But the truth is, we are only ourselves. For the moment, we just have to live. We have to find that feeling of "home" within ourselves. It is all there. Our children, our joys, our loved ones, our experiences, our life. It is all there. We never lose any of it, because as long as we are here, we are "home."

    THE PHOTO : The view from my sailboat.
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