Before you read this, plug in your earphones and play, Coming Home by Skylar Grey. Doing so, will certainly add to your experience of reading the following passage.
Do you think anything will ever make us feel like home again? The monotonous life at home, the growing disparities with our parents, as a repercussion of imminent maturity made us realize that we now needed to live in a place far away from home. The everyday quandaries, the buffed up expectations had made our lives miserable. We needed isolation, and the college life provided just that. Therefore, we travelled, travelled to a distant place, away from everyone else. Not much into the expedition, did we realize that we had come a little too far. It is true what they say; we realize the importance of a thing only when it is taken away from us.
Now, we start missing home. You know home may not necessarily be the place where you were born; home is somewhere you find shelter, comfort, next to the people you can call your own. For a convict serving a lifetime sentence, the prison may become his home, after a decent period. (We all know what happened to Brooks in The Shawshank Redemption.) For a footballer, the home stadium may become his home. Allow me to quote Steven Gerrards retiring tweet, “When I die, don’t bring me to the hospital. Bring me to Anfield. I was born there and will die there.”
My point is no matter how much time we spend boondoggling, using maturity as a scapegoat to rush away from lifes problems, momentarily, we will have to return to our kingdom, our home. Home is what we are today; Home will make us what we would be tomorrow. Ask yourself a series of questions. Dont you feel the sense of security, you used to inevitably experience at home, lacking somewhere? Dont you miss the countless hours spent at the backyard, playing, trying to defeat your sibling at random games? Dont you miss the silly, yet comical arguments among the family members? Want to be a part of all this once again?
Missing home, already?
– Vaibhav Lohia
( Monster )
Photograph by Abhinavanand Singh.