I've been thinking (and consequently, writing) a lot lately about the concept of home, and what it means to different people. So I want to know: what does 'home' mean to you? Where is your home, and why? Is it one place? More than one? Is it specific, like a house, or more broad, such as your hometown? Is there a place that feels just as much or more like home than your place of residence? Is there no place that you would call home? Why not? Should I stop asking questions now? Okay.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter. Thank you in advance.

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Home is such a complex word that can have so many meanings. This is going to sound really cheesy, but I think home is where your heart is. Not in the giftshop, entry rug, over-used generic way, but in the way that it makes sense. For a place to be a home it has to be comfortable--some place that you truly love. My home is so many places. I feel at home in small towns because I grew up in one. I feel at home on a farm because it's familiar. I feel at home in the mountains because I grew up in surrounded by them. I feel at home in coffee shops because it is such a familiar smell that reminds me of my grandmother. There is no specific formula that makes a home. It is a combination of safety and familiarity--a sense of belonging and a chance to be yourself.
I hope that makes sense.
I, personally, have never really felt at all connected to buildings as a sense of home. Home to me is more like where you would want to be at any given time, as cliched as it sounds but where your heart is. or more specifically to me, where my head is. Its a place I think about and want to be. So in respects it could be anywhere.
But even more specifically I don't think of the concept of home as opposed to the company I'm with, for example, I could be practically anywhere with my friends, my family or my girlfriend and in the short or long time I'm there it'll feel like home.
In summery, I feel that the place isn't all that important compared to the company you share it with.
I have been thinking a lot about this question lately, too!
Especially: how do you build a new home when you move out from the place you lived for the last 17 years?
I think your home is the place you feel most comfortable at, the place you can always return to.
At the moment my home is at my family's house because there I know and love the people and I can navigate around the house and neighbourhood blindfolded. I just feel content there.
I am confident that there is not just one home, though. I think you can built your own home when you make some effort. By that I mean not just build/buy/rent a house/flat but find new friends and people you trust when you moved away from home.

Maybe "home" isn't a place after all. Maybe "home" is a feeling. Maybe it's the feeling that you should be in this exact place in this very moment and nowhere else.
Having my parents seperate I suddenly had this brand new house that my Dad lived in, it wasn't really home. My Mum was terrified that one day I would see his house as home instead of hers but 12 months later having constantly moved between their houses, I see both of them as home. I think you can have one home or ten and love all of them differently, home is where your family is, home is where you feel safe, home is where you express yourself, home is where you live.
My home is somewhere I can just feel comfortable in and somewhere I belong. I quite often find myself calling the internet home now, because that's where I can truly be myself and I am surrounded by friends. I also feel like I am going home when I visit family. I grew up without them and it just feels so natural and relaxing to be with people you are close with. So for me, I guess that home is anywhere I can be myself and feel truly happy. (Sorry it sounds so cliche, but it is!).
My home only exists in my dreams. It never really existed, but at least I know it can't really go anywhere. I know my own head better than anywhere else.
Home is where the heart is. Home isn't a specific place. Sometimes it's not a place at all. A point in time. A memory. The people you love. Home is where you feel the love. Home is where I feel like I belong.
Thanks to all who've given their thoughts on the matter so far. But NEED MOAR RESPONSES, PLS, so...bump!
Home is a place you can go to for safety and comfort. It is a 'sanctuary' of sorts for both heart and mind. It is why people generally feel violated when someone breaks in. Currently my home is my bedroom. It's a place I can feel safe from scorn and pain of this world. It's my own little hidey hole, even if I have to leave for food and other necessities.

It's here I go when I can't handle the outside world any longer. It's where I go to ready myself for the outside world. So I guess the saying 'Your home is where your heart is.' Is true in come sense.
This is really coincidental because this is one of the prompts we had in our journal club
I believe home can mean many things to many people, and home does not need to be singular or a place at all.

Currently for me, I tend to only think of home as one place at a time, but that home may be my college campus, my parents' house (and my "legal" place of residence), or the teen room I have spent almost every Friday in for the past four and a half years. Depending on where I want to be at a specific point, I reference it as home. If I miss my old friends or house, that's home, but if I've been there too often (which I have the last few weeks), I feel that the comfort and companionship of college is home. This idea bugs the people around me because when I say I want to go home tonight they have no idea what I mean because it's only clear to me.

Like I said though, that is my perception and how I use the word "home," but that is just me, and home can sometimes be just the word for the place you live or something much more. And now "Home" from Beauty and the Beast is stuck in my head.
I used to feel like I could never be attached to a place like where I live. It feels bland and mundane to me, and I don't really connect to it. This summer I went on a long vacation to visit my dad in Wyoming, and it was beautiful. I loved the mountains, and the lakes, and the forests, and the sunsets, but after a while something started to feel kind of... off. It took me a while to figure out what it was, but then I realized, as beautiful and amazing as it was out there, I still kind of missed Michigan. The trees are different, the grass is different, even the air is different, and I missed the comfort and familiarity of what I was used to.
That being said, I still don't think a place really makes a home, no matter how comfortable and familiar. Given enough time in any given place, it's easy to start to connect with it and build memories there. I think what really makes a place home is community. I feel at home where I am because this is where I have the most relationships. My mom is here, my pets are here, and my friends are here. They're the things I really miss the most when I'm away, and I think that's what really makes me feel a connection to a place. I could fall in love with a beautiful place anywhere in the world, but here is where I have friends that I've grown up with and known so long that we've become like family. Of course, that definition is becoming a lot harder the more people move away. I guess at that point you start feeling at home in phone calls. Anyway, long story short, I guess it's just the place where the people are you feel most connected to.


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