The Scamp and the Gratitude Challenge: Week 36

Week 36 is all about my home.

Home is an interesting word for me. It has been commonly defined as:

home
noun
  1. 1.
    the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household.
    “the floods forced many people to flee their homes”
  2. 2.
    an institution for people needing professional care or supervision.
    “an old people’s home”
adjective
  1. 1.
    relating to the place where one lives.
    “I don’t have your home address”
  2. 2.
    (of a sports fixture) played at the team’s own ground.
    “their first home match of the season”
adverb
  1. 1.
    to or at the place where one lives.
    “what time did he get home last night?”
verb
  1. 1.
    (of an animal) return by instinct to its territory after leaving it.
    “a dozen geese homing to their summer nesting grounds”
2.
move or be aimed towards (a target or destination) with great accuracy.
“more than 100 missiles were launched, homing in on radar emissions”
In regards to the way that I think about home, on a more literal level, there is a lot to love about my flat. It is the perfect size for me, it is in a crazy cool old building, the neighborhood is relatively safe, and everything that I need is in walking distance. Now that more of my things have arrived, the place has a lived in, “Kim” feel to it (the rubber ducks really make the place). I spend a lot of time in my little reading nook with my academic articles, and I am seriously considering buying a big comfy dog bed so I have something soft to sit on while working. All in all, my little home is perfect for me.
A little art on the wall next to my building

A little art on the wall next to my building

While I am grateful for my little home, on an elemental level, I am so grateful to Scotland and the place that I really consider my home. It is not so much that I love the place, but more so I love the way I feel when I am here. I’m happier here. I’m more me here. I’m not as stressed, not as grumpy, and I get a whole lot more exercise. Those feelings have me eternally grateful, and I know that my stress level is going to amp up in the next few weeks with school starting, my dissertation in full swing, and the project starting, but I know that at least I get to experience all of those things here, where my little heart feels at home.

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