What is Home? The Meaning Of Home
Published Dec 28, 2020
If you’ll ask people what is a home for them, you’ll most likely get varied answers. Some people will say it’s where you live. While others will quote the famous saying “home is where the heart is”.
So what does “home” really mean? Is it the place you live in? The place where you grow up? Or the place where you felt loved? A home is all these and so much more. In truth, there is no single definition that can fully encapsulate the true meaning of home. Each of us has our own idea of what a “home” is supposed to be.
The Many Definitions of Home
Home vs. House
A home is so much more than just a house, that much is clear. A house can be bought and sold over and over again. But a home stays with you forever. No matter where you go or the places you live, there’s always that yearning to go back home.
For some people going back home means visiting the place where you grow up. But for most, it’s not about the place. It’s more about the feeling of being “at home”. It’s that feeling of relief, comfort, and warmth after a particularly exhausting day.
Home is Where Memories Are Built
There’s a reason why hometowns are called such. It’s the place you were born, took your first step, and made your first friends. In short, it’s a place filled with memories. But home doesn’t necessarily have to be the place you grew up in. It can also be that thing that takes you on a trip down memory lane. It can be anywhere or anything – from the barn you used to play as a child to the smell of freshly-baked cookies.
It’s a Place of Refuge
We all have those moments where we just want to take a break from the rest of the world. Home is where you can do just that. It’s that little slice of paradise that is completely your own. It’s where you can be in your pajamas while eating ice cream right off the tub in your bed – and not worry about anyone judging you. It’s your personal sanctuary, the only place you can be totally yourself. But more than that, it’s where you can hide and cry when things just seem to be so overwhelming and where you know someone will always be there for you.
Home Means a Future
When someone has a place to call home, it gives them a sense of security and stability. Once you have these two things, you can stop thinking about surviving day in and day out. You can finally look beyond the horizon and into the distant future.
For some people, this is how important a home is. It allows them to start dreaming and make plans for the future. It’s where hopes and dreams take shape and slowly becomes a reality.
What Does Home Mean For the Homeless?
No matter your definition of home, one thing is clear: everybody deserves one. From the birds making their nest in the trees to the earthworms burrowing on the ground, all creatures big and small deserve a place to call home.
If you have one to call your own, then you are very lucky. But many people around the world aren’t. Every year, the number of homeless people continues to rise. It’s just ridiculous how having a home nowadays seems like a privilege rather than a basic human right.
Yes, home is more than just a walled structure that protects you from the elements. But it can be difficult to feel warmth, security, and stability when you’re sleeping on the cold pavement. It’s hard to dream about the future when you don’t even know where to get your next meal.
There’s a reason why the homeless are called “homeless” and not “houseless”. Their troubles extend far beyond not having a house.
According to a Canadian news website, home can also mean various things for the homeless. One homeless woman shared that home for her means protection from abuse and finally having the time to confront her mental illness. It gives her hope and self-esteem. Another wrote that a home means a stable ground from which they can start to find their way back into society.
If you’ve never been homeless, it can be hard to understand where they’re coming from. It’s one of those things that you’ll only fully appreciate once you’re in it. But this shouldn’t hinder you from extending a helping hand. We may not be able to provide them the security of a house but we can make them feel loved, safe, and appreciated. In our own little ways, we can help them feel that someone still believes in them so they’ll feel confident in themselves again. After all, that’s what home is about.
About The Author
Judy Ponio is a full time blogger and is devoted to topics about charity, kindness, and Christianity. She is part of Correct Digital, Inc which is paid by private donors to provide website digital marketing services to this non-profit organization.