About home

[En Català]

Today I read an article about home, about the moment when you realize that you were born, grew up and lived in a place, that doesn’t feel like home anymore. You go back and feel like a stranger. You have nothing in common with your friends there, neither with the things happening at this place. You look and feel everything as a spectator, as a tourist, but you don’t want to feel different. It’s fine, it’s not home anymore, and you don’t want it to be.

I wonder after, what is it what people call home? Years ago, and it happens to some people still, you grown up in a place, the same where you build your life and have a family . You belong to it, and you’ll always be there. It is easy then to identify with what’s called home. What about when you travel around, you live in different places, and you meet different people around the globe? What’s home then? Do you have to pick a place to call home?

I wonder if it’s possible that there are people who have not. Homeless is usually used to describe those people who don’t have a place to sleep, but what about these people who have a bed, and don’t have a home? Syntactically they are as homeless as the first ones.

After all, what’s home for me? Maybe home is any place where you feel good, where you feel happy, where you are surrounded with the people you love. Looking back I realize that I’ve had a few homes: some of them were home just for few days, some for a few months, and others for years, but they are all in the ‘home box’ in my memory.

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Sobre la llar

Avui he llegit un article sobre la llar, sobre el moment quan t’adones que el lloc on vas néixer, créixer i viure, ja no el sents com a llar. Tornes i et sents com un estrany. Ja no tens res en comú amb els amics d’allà, tampoc amb les coses que allà passen. Observes i ho sents tot com un espectador, com un turista, i no vols sentir-ho diferent. Està bé, ja no és la teva llar, ni vols que ho sigui.

Em pregunto que és això que la gent anomena llar? Fa anys, i encara passa en algunes persones, creixes en un lloc, el mateix on construeixes la teva família i la vida. Que passa quan viatges, vius en diversos llocs, i coneixes gent d’arreu del món? Que és la llar llavors? Has d’escollir un lloc al que anomenar llar?

Em pregunto si és possible que hi hagi gent que simplement no en té. Sense llar sol ser la paraula que s’utilitza per descriure aquells que no tenen un lloc on dormir, però que passa amb aquells que no tenen llar? Sintàcticament són tant sense llar com els primers.

Després de tot, que és la llar per mi? Potser és qualsevol lloc on et sents a gust, on estàs feliç, on t’envoltes de la gent que estimes. Mirant al passat m’adono que he tingut unes quantes llars. Algunes ho van ser només per uns dies, d’altres per alguns mesos i d’altres per anys, però totes ocupen un lloc en la ‘capseta de llars‘ de la meva memòria.

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