Home is wherever I’m with you.
‘Glocality’ is a term coined by Joshua Meyrowitz that represents the fusion and confusion between the local and the global in this Electronic Age. In an era in which one can build an entire virtual world or obtain a more consuming and defining presence online than in reality, how does one define ‘home?’
Home is defined by Dictionary.com as “a house, apartment, or other shelter that is the usual residence of a person, family, or household,” but when I was permanently residing in the village of Hethe, Oxfordshire for the duration of last year I considered myself cripplingly homesick. That being said, upon returning to Australia and the house in which I grew up in for the entirety of my young life, it wasn’t the building that screamed ‘welcome back.’ I wasn’t filled with a sense of ‘home’ at the site of my front door or my bedroom or the trampoline I got for Christmas when I was ten years old. It was the people that waited at my dining room table with flowers and wine the brought with them an overwhelming sense of belonging. For me, home is wherever I am surrounded by the friends and family that love me as much as I love them. That can be in my house, on a beach in Queensland or in the backseats of our shitty secondhand cars. I consider myself very lucky, because by that definition I can be at home no matter where I find myself on this Earth.
Everyone has their own definition for ‘home,’ and I suppose that’s what makes the phrase as confusing as it does beautiful. With no set, exact answer, people can find themselves ‘homeless,’ with no real sense of belonging. Thus resulting in what I believe to be one of the greatest benefits of the virtual world — those that struggle to find a home in the place they live, or with the people they are surrounded by, now have the means to branch out globally. We are not restrained to the borders within which we can walk or drive — we are now able to explore foreign countries and befriend people across oceans. If you aren’t at home in the home that you’re in, you have the means to create your own. While I am truly blessed to know for certain that my home is in the hearts of those that colour my life on a daily basis, I am so glad that others who perhaps aren’t as lucky as I am have the capabilities to create a definition for the word that can break boarders and cross continents. Glocality is a glorious thing.