The Liberation Of "Homelessness"
Technically speaking, I'm "homeless."
I don’t currently pay rent at any location, I don’t have a consistent bed, or a traditional “home.”
It can be exhausting… but I’m eternally grateful for my ability to travel when and where I want while I also build my career.
I’ve been back in the United States for a month now after 6 months overseas.
During that month I’ve visited family and friends in Fremont, Sacramento, Chico, Portland, Chicago, and Dallas.
I live on couches, in Airbnb’s, guest rooms, and more often than I’d like to admit, co-working spaces and coffee shops.
What I've gained in this process is an immense amount of clarity.
I have an irregular comfort in the day-to-day unknown that comes with this lifestyle.
It seemed that my full actualization of that feeling happened for me during my 2nd day in Lisbon in March.
I described that moment on Tiffany Para's "Work in Progress" Podcast at about the 11:30 mark:
“Home” for me is wherever I am in the present moment.
🏠Why does any place feel like home for me?
I love picking up where I left off with so many amazing individuals, whether it’s for a few minutes, a few hours, or a few days.
It’s not always the amount of time you spend with people, but the quality of the interaction, the love in the relationship, and the bond in the connection.
Many of us don't challenge our own thinking of what "home" is. We may view it as a static place and remain comfortable and wrapped up in the normalcy of that definition.
I challenge you, if you haven't done so for yourself, to think about how you classify it.
When and where do you feel most at "home" and why?
Reply and let me know.
Home is not where you are from, it is where you belong. Some of us travel the whole world to find it. Others, find it in a person.
- Ben Taplin