The One Place You Can’t Find on a Map

Where you lay your head at night. Where your family is. Where you grew up. Where most of your friends are. Where you work. Where you love to be. Where you feel at home…

The concept of home is ever-fleeting, especially for those of us trying to feel at home abroad. Those of us who may have several homes, or even no exact place to call our own. What makes it even more confusing is that home means different things to different people.

home drawing

What it’s really about is a sense of belonging. And for those of us who wear many hats, belonging can be a touchy subject.

I’m spending the next few weeks visiting my friends and family in Toronto, so home is on my mind:

Did I just come home? Or did I leave home to get here? Can I have many homes? What makes a home?

I have some ideas, but dare I be so bold as to ask for a favour:

Could you share your concept of home? What does it mean to you? Is it a building or house, or something more abstract like a country or city?

I dug up Zach Braff’s two cents with this excerpt from one of my favourite movies growing up, Garden State:

I guess here he’s saying you can have a home, but you can also be between ‘homes’ until you make your own.

Can’t wait to hear from you in the comments!



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Hi! I’m Irina.

I’m a multibelonger to Finland, Canada and Romania, without ONE language or culture to call my own – I have several. My intention is to be present where I am and find inner peace and harmony where ever life takes me. I’m embracing the gems of the ongoing cultural and linguistic transition which is my life and hope to inspire others interested in doing the same. Click here to find out more!

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