Seemingly, the first question I get asked by my friends and family back in the States is, “When are you coming home?” The answer quite simply is not anytime soon, but what bothers me more is that I have made a home.
Maybe to those back in the States, my home is not some tangible place that can be located on Google Earth. There are no front or backyards, no white picket fences, and no neighbors to collect my mail on holidays. At the same time, I’m not draped over the grey wooden fence lusting for some Technicolor dream somewhere over the rainbow. Instead, my home is a vibrant, colorful prism that follows where I am present.
I deeply believe that humans are similar to trees. We constantly grow and develop throughout our life, twisting and bending and branching out into the open sky of possibilities the best we know how. Through our experiences, we continuously foster our own sense of growth. And just like trees, we too have roots, which we plant deep into the communities that we engage.
Unlike trees, however, we have the freedom to move those roots and to some degree decide the places that are worthy of us. For some, those roots will be planted in the communities where they were born and raised. For others, such as myself, those roots will span around the globe several times over, none more distant from home than any other.
So, I am not planning on returning home anytime soon because in my heart I never actually left. If anything, I have found a journey that leads closer home than before. If asked where it is that I plan to make a life for myself, I will simply respond, “In all the places of the world that allow me to flourish.”
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