Life and stuff: Choose life!
It influences what you do for a living, who you spend your time with and how you express yourself and critical health factors like weather, access to fresh food and community services.
It’s one of the biggest decisions you will ever make and yet so many people don’t even think about it. They stay in the place they grew up, went to university or where they were able to get a job. End of story.
Not me. I have been searching for ‘home’ ever since the day I left home. That’s why I love travelling. Maybe my home – the place where I truly belong – is still out there, waiting for me?
For me the concept of home is a blend of practicality and spirituality.
- I can afford to live there
- Access to the services required for me to do my work (internet, phone, electricity, mail service)
- Access to transport (I don’t own a car)
- Access to running water, fresh food and air and proximity to health services like doctors and chemists
- I am surrounded by nature
- I am part of an enlightened, creative, multi-racial community
- There is access to cultural events, restaurants, art galleries and markets
- I have enough money to support myself and my community in a generous, abundant way
I devour travelogues about people who have lived in other countries, all the while wondering, ‘Is that my home?’. I fall in love with places like Orange, Milton, Pearl Beach and Port Douglas that seem ideal (but the reality? I am not so sure).
My search for home continues. Despite my love affair with Marrickville, I know that this is not it (not enough room; nowhere to put alpacas or grow a veggie garden).
Does anyone have any suggestions? Would anyone like to start an entirely new community based on the principles outlined above? Kool Aid, anyone?