I’m going home. Welcome to my home. You have a lovely home.
These statements are usually said in a way which portray warmth. The concept of a home goes beyond the house and its décor, it has more to do with the sense of human touch attached to it. Some people live in houses which may look comfortable but can’t confidently call it home. We tend to call people who lives on the streets as homeless because they don’t have roof over the heads. But honestly, not all ‘homeless’ people live on the streets. Some of them live in mansions and palaces.
Construction firms build houses but it’s people who make home out of it. The furniture fill up the space but it’s the harmony of the inhabitants that take away the emptiness. Modern gadgets adds to the comfort of a place but the feel of human companionship is like none other. Sleeping in a huge bed with soft pillows and silky covers is indeed relaxing but sharing the bed with someone whose heartbeat syncs with yours is heavenly.
Where am I going with this, someone might ask. My point is, although it is aspirational to acquire all the material goodies there is, not having people to share your high and low moments with makes life feel hollow and lonely. It is utterly important to appreciate the people we have in our lives be they family or friends because when all things happen not to exist, they would be there for you. As much as we strive to achieve much career and asset wise, let’s try harder to strengthen the relationships we have-the people we come home to. Without them, all you live in is a house-an empty structure which echoes with every step you take.
Home isn’t the house you enter when you return from work or school, it’s the people who welcome you back. So appreciate the home people create for you in their houses and in their hearts. And make an effort to someone else’s home as well. It is vanity to live in a house and feel like a stranger to it every time you enter it.
If you are planning on buying a house, make a home out of it. Only then can you really enjoy your stay in it. Make it warm and inviting to the ‘homeless’-those with virtually no one to count on.
Don’t just make a home, be a home.
Josephine Amoako © 2016