Home vs House12:25 PM
What do you feel makes a home? To many, a home can only become once you have purchased and own the roof that covers your head.
I would call that a house, not a home though.
A home, isn't a house. A home cannot be bought. A home is priceless, substance less, texture less and weightless. You can't measure the size or volume of a home and yet, it can and must be built.
However, you can't outsource its building process. You can't ask anybody to build you a home. A house, yes, but not a home.
Homes are the fruit of your own labour. A labour of love, unique and custom made for each. It is a mixture of decor, emotions, memories and people. Once lost it cannot be replaced. Once rebuilt, it cannot be the same. When you move, your home transform and adapt along with you. It is as alive as you are.
For me, a home has to be filled with people I love, a few pets, the small of good food and cheerful colors. There has to be a cup of tea steaming somewhere. Memories and personal touches need to be all around. And, of course, there has to be books....as many as possible. A home without books isn't much of a home to me.
My home needs to be warm, cozy and inviting. Because, even my introverted self likes being in company of people from time to time,many those who are privileged enough to be called friends need to feel welcome in my home.
I moved a lot in the past decade. Each time it was another set of walls be it in another country, city, or neighbourhood. The hardest times weren't when the space between the walls was tight, or old. It was when my heart wasn't in it.
The home is where the heart is
So, what makes a home for you? What should be in it?