Spokane, Washington was a great city that I’ve never heard of. Don’t be upset too fast! To be fair, United States of America is a big country, and there are so many great places that I’d never have a chance to visit.
While I was traveling in Spokane, I felt something different inside; missing home. It’s not about me wanting to go back to my country; it’s the feeling that I’m missing having a home base. Having neighbours. Having a garden in my back yard. Having a pet. Having a place to go back. That’s ‘home’. As I often say in my bio, I’m in a quest to looking for a place that I can call ‘home’. There are plenty of definitions with the word ‘home’, and I have my own too. That’s the place I feel belong to, happy, and inspired. My last home was far from the definition. Hence, I left.
Our media group of Spokane said, the people from Spokane are coming back to settle in. I admit, Spokane is a charming place with beautiful nature. But that’s not just it; they are coming back because of the community. The homey feeling is what they are missing.
Not just Spokane, it is happening everywhere in the world. Surprisingly a lot of percentage of friends are going back to where they’re from and settle in with their family; with their spouse, pet and house.
I kind of understand what that feeling is.
The reason why I buy all the souvenirs on the road is because I want to have my own place in a beautiful neighbourhood someday. When I do, I want to have a vegetable garden, blueberry bush and a lemon tree. When I do, I want to have a dog or two. When I do, I want to hangout with good neighbours and participating the town’s activities. When I do, I want to decorate my place with all the souvenirs I got on the road. Just, I don’t have the place yet.
People often misunderstood me.
Me being on the road doesn’t mean that I want to be a nomad for rest of my life. I’m not made to be a nomad; I like to have a place I can call home. I’m a very sensitive and crafty person who likes cooking, crafting, decorating – basically anything that requires creativity. So, I like to have a place where I can cook, relax and have fun. I’m just having a different journey of the life right now. I appreciated what my brother, who’s a father of two sons, said me once; “having a kid and married life brings a joy but it’s different than what I’ll get on the road. So enjoy and live a full life doing what you like. “
The feeling crawled over me while I was housesitting for friends in Denver for a week. They have two most adorable dogs, grow vegetables in the back yard, have a big kitchen and live in a beautiful area. Domesticated life was good. And once again made me realized how great that is.
I can’t have everything at once. I can’t have a home, raise a kid, get involved with a community and traveling the world at the same time. There’s time and place, and there’s a consequences and process. But I will. I will have a house. I will find a part of the world that I want to live.
Going back to hometown is a big no-no or a comfort zone for some people. Hometown is easy and convenient. Being around the family is not as exciting as skydive in Africa but it’s great in some way. Family is a family for a reason. Especially if you grew up in a beautiful place that you love, why not going back?
That was the reason why people were coming back to Spokane.
That was the reason why a lot of people are actually going back to their hometown to settle down. I don’t know if I want to live in Seoul again, but I know that feeling. I was a little envious to people who grew up in Spokane. As a person who likes adventure and wildlife, I didn’t have that many memories related to that. So, I don’t want to repeat that again. But it would be great to live near my family. I know they’d love that.
Have you consider going back to your hometown and settle in?