Travels, movement and the place we call home

November became an important month in my life.It was the month that I came back to Brazil. Moreover, every time somebody asks me “how long have you been here?,” I always give the same answer: two years in November.

Two years have passed, and there seems little for all the changes that happened within me. Certainly looking back, I could never have imagined even half of the things that were to come. And this is one of the most important things I have learned this time. When we allow ourselves to keep moving – in my case, leave home and travel the world -, we create moments and opportunities for another good things to happen.

On the other hand, the more we keep moving the harder to know where we came from and the place that we belong in the world, in other words, where is our home.

I always remember a conversation I had with a friend, where she expressed her fear of one day leave home, start traveling and stop having a place to call “home.” At that moment, I remember that I couldn’t give her an answer that could describe the feeling that I carried inside. That, a few years ago and some travel ago, I stopped feeling that fear.

Some months after this conversation I found myself with this TED talk, where the chronicler Pico Iyer helped me organize into words what my heart certainly knew, but I couldn’t express.

Like Pico, I believe that the place we call home makes no reference to the land where we were born or the place where the people we love live, but the place and the time when we connect to ourselves.

“My home would have to be whatever I carry with me”. Pico Iyer

When we travel and we open our eyes to the world, we also opened our eyes to ourselves, to what lies within us, and we hardly stop to pay attention to it. Amazing things happen when we do it.

At this point, we understand that our home is within us, and we carry it with us wherever we go.

“Where do you come from now is far less important than where you´re going”. Pico Iyer

The places where we lived and the people we have met, for sure, will help gradually to the transformation of our lives and will always be part of our history. However, trying to go back to them can be the most painful way to keep moving. I believe we shouldn’t walk through the world thinking about the things we leave behind, and instead of that, we should focus on thinking about the new possibilities that the universe is saving for us.

Cristian Figueroa

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