Home ∙ A Series of Interludes
Part of our identity? Or just a physical structure?
TDLR: A collection of thoughts & questions on what we call ‘home’.
Origin of Thought
My brother & I lived in the same house for twelve years, in a sleepy town in the Pacific Northwest. I was familiar with ever inch of it, every nook and cranny. Des, my brother, and I could walk through the house blindfolded, without tripping or running into any obstructing objects. Every piece of that house had it’s own designated place.
And when my family moved back to Northern California, this all changed.
About every six months or so, we found a new housing opportunity, whether it be more space or closer to our schools.
We became detached from the idea of a bedroom, a set organization or place. Material wise, our volume of personal belongings began to narrow in on only the necessary & sentimental items.
I became more extroverted, took on more leadership roles, and my learning was more self directed & immersive. The surrounding community, my ideas, & projects, and the surrounding environment became my main focus.
And intrinsically, it taught me the world is my home.
“Home is much more than a shelter; it is a world in which a person can create a material environment that embodies what he or she considers significant.”
This is a passage from some ebook that I found from a single google search, but I dug a little bit deeper and found that within the fifth chapter there was a passage that compared the lexicality of words that describe “home” in different languages.
‘Casa’ in Italian refers to a house more than a ‘home’ which applies to the French word ‘maison’ as well. ‘Haz’ in hungarian is even farther removed — with a definition of ‘detached physical structure one resides in.’
Outside of the house, there are words that describe a place of origin, such as ‘otthon’ in hungarian, or ‘chez nous’ in french. But in summary, the use of these words are abstract — often to describe a lifestyle attached to a specific region.
Digital Nomad. The term floats off of people’s lips in conversation, and hangs around the air above Twitter headquarters on Market street. You’ve seen Medium articles about it and you’ve heard it in passing. But, what is it actually like? Why do people do it?
A Digital Nomad is a freelance programmer or designer that takes contract work from clients while AirBnBing their way around the world.
Digital nomads somewhat bridge the gap between work and lifestyle.
It’s freeing knowing that you can work from any location, make sufficient money, and learn while you travel.
You get to choose your own schedule, which makes taking a vacation affordable. Travelling and learning about the world while working, will migrate your funds back into yourself and your skills versus material happiness.
The skills that come from the experience of marketing yourself seem to be something that isn’t taught in the public domain. Not only are you a jack of all trades, but your lifestyle is mobile & flexible.
But like everything — with great personal freedom, comes great responsibility. Setting healthy personal habits is tough for majority of the human population in form or another — this lifestyle requires nothing less. A couple medium articles warn you to keep a strong ground with clients, so you don’t get bamboozled.
This is a growing, open source document. Feel free to share your story or opinion in the comments, I’d be more than happy to include it in this series!