Searching for home

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What is home? Home is where your family is. Where you feel most comfortable at with people you are comfortable with. A place in which you can be yourself and don’t have to worry about others judging you. A place where you feel safe. That should be the answer, but is that always the case?

I’ve been raised around two cultures, so I always thought that I had two homes, one in Finland and one in Somalia. However, I have started to question that. I’ve been told many times that I can’t see Somalia as home, because I’ve never been there and I’ve been told that I can’t see Finland as home, because my parents are not Finnish. So where is my home then? Who can tell me where my home is?

In my opinion everyone has their own definition of home, because there isn’t a correct definition for home. We are all different and we all have different experiences and memories. I agree that at home you should be able to feel comfortable and be able to be yourself. What I don’t agree with is that you don’t have home, if you don’t have family. Also, you can have more than one home. 

As a child you see things differently than when you are an adult. When I was a child going home meant going home to where you live, where your parents are, where you are safe. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Home isn’t always with your family. To some people home is a place far away from their family.

“Home is where your heart is”. This is a phrase many of you have heard. I’m sure while watching TV you’ve seen what the typical family and home is supposed to look like and what you should strive for, but you have to remember it’s not real and your home your family is whatever makes you comfortable and safe. Not mimicking whatever you see on tv. 

I’m still on a journey to find my home. What about you? What is your definition of home? Are you also searching for your home or have you found it already?

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