“Birds need a nest, and yet they still fly.” ~ Gloria Steinem
In our digital age, more and more people work from home. A few commonplace examples of this 21st century lifestyle are: corporate employees who log in remotely, digital nomads and entrepreneurs with location independent businesses, freelancers who work virtually, and the growing number of students and teachers of online learning.
My partner, Carl, is an example of a remote working corporate employee. And I am a digital nomad, an entrepreneur with a location independent business devoted to helping others create a life and business that they don’t need a vacation from.
This rapidly changing virtual landscape is creating changes in not only how we think about and do our work, but also how we think about and identify ‘home’. How one defines home is, of course, very personal – and it’s also fluid – often changing along with changes in circumstances, relationships, and stages of life.
For me personally, home has been many things: It’s been a place I can’t wait to return to, and it’s been a place I’ve been eager to leave. It’s been a place I’ve identified by an address; other times by a town, a city, a state, a country, a continent, or hemisphere.
For reasons I don’t fully understand, the most sincere definition of home I’ve ever held, has been to identify home as Planet Earth. And even that at times feels like it only tells part of the story.
I am a digital nomad and citizen of the world. ‘Home’ is not just defined by location, but by the people in my life. In other words, if my heart’s not there, my home is certainly not there. And I have friends and family who live not only across the country, but around the globe.
Despite having such an expansive definition of home, I also really like my bed and having a home to come home to.
For many years, this dichotomy made for quite the dilemma.
Do you relate?
If home is where the heart is, and your heart spans across continents, how do YOU define home?
I’ve come to embrace that, for me, home is untethered and too complex and big to be defined by one place.
In other words, I’ve stopped trying to answer that question.
And with this release, came a new question:
>> Where is my home-base? <<
Home-base doesn’t get me confused, and it doesn’t cause me to feel flustered or confined by its definition.
Home-base is where my bed is. It’s where my clothes and toothbrush are. It’s where I return, after wandering and journeying based on my unapologetically expansive definition of ‘home’.
This works for me. To know where my nest is, and I still fly.
How about YOU? Ready to expand YOUR definition of home? >>>
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I want to hear from you. Please share your thoughts on these questions:
==> Where’s ‘home’ for you?
==> What does ‘home’ mean to YOU?
==> How do YOU define it?