There’s No Place Like Home

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Sometime around the 5th grade, I became obsessed with all things related to Australia. I collected kangaroos, koala bears, maps, magazines, and anything having anything to do with Australia. I can’t remember what sparked this interest, but I do remember that it was very strong. I would tell people that someday I was going to live in Sydney, Australia and be a lawyer. I’m pretty sure that the lawyer thing came from watching too much L.A. Law, something else that I still can’t explain.

That was my dream: To live in Australia (and be a lawyer).

I’m pretty sure that I had this dream throughout junior high and most of high school, though I wasn’t quite as vocal about it with others, as I realized I might have appeared to be a crazy person. I suppose as I got older, that dream mostly faded when reality set in that my personality was not the type that successful lawyers comprise, and the exoticism of Australia started waning in my mind. My college years were spent about 3 hours away from home in Martin, Tennesse. During those 4 years, I realized just how much I loved living in the Nashville area. I moved back to the Nashville area after graduation and have lived here since.

While I really enjoy traveling to different places like Savannah for our wedding, and love visiting family in the Detroit area, as well as friends in Las Vegas, toward the end of those trips I start to see just how nice it is in Middle Tennessee, and I am ready to go home. My favorite vacation spots usually involve the beach, but as we’ve seen with hurricanes, the beach has it’s problems, as well. Pretty much anywhere one could live will have problems of some sort, such as humidity, tornadoes, snow, cold, heat, hurricanes, earthquakes, and so on.

So while it might be nice to dream of living somewhere else sometime, my heart always goes back to Nashville. It’s where I belong.

Where would you like to call home? Are you where you belong? 

During the month of November, I am participating in the National Blog Posting Month, also known as NaBloPoMo, hosted by BlogHer. Most likely I am following these suggested prompts, but I might just get crazy and change things up every once in a while. I’m one wild and crazy gal! 

NaBloPoMo November 2012



11 thoughts on “There’s No Place Like Home

  1. How interesting that we both dreamed of living far away but are most content in TN. I had the lawyer and Australia dreams as well.We were both pretty close during the time that started for us both…hmmm great minds thought alike!!

    • I think most of our elementary school class stayed in the area. I would love to live in Mount Juliet again, but I can’t as long as I am working in Nashville. The commute caused too much anxiety for me.

  2. I always dreamed of living in the same town surrounded with all my family. But God had such a different path for me. We have lived in 6 states, and two foreign countries and find ourselves back in the states again. People ask me where do I call home and I still to this day either say Illionois where I was born or Louisville, Ky where my children were born. As the years has passed and God grows daily I am claiming Psalm 99…the Lord is my dwelling place. It’s teh only one that never changes. But I still dream, they are free. Good post. Blessings

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  4. When I was younger I had a thing about Ireland. Ireland and England (mostly the countrysides of both) are 2 places I dreamt about, although I don’t think I would want to live there now that I am older. Michigan is home to me. I have lived in one other state for 1 year (North Carolina) and couldn’t wait to get back to MI. I have lived in many different towns or cities in MI, and no matter where I am in MI, it feels like home. I am not sure if the town I am currently in is meant to be my forever home, but I can’t imagine living in any other state. My dream place to be would be in a little artsy beach town in MI, I think. If I had it my way, I would live in the same area as all of my friends and family so that we could all spend time together whenever we want 😀 but since that is not the reality for most, I am at home here in the great lakes state where I enjoy the contrast of all 4 seasons , beaches, lakes, rolling hills, and cornfields. 🙂

    Nashville would be really cool because of all the music and stuff to do though 😉 Maybe home is partly what we know as well. There is comfort in the familiar.

    • Without a doubt, there is comfort in the familiar. I’m sure that’s what keeps people rooted where they are.

      I haven’t been to many areas of Michigan, only Detroit and Ann Arbor, with a day trip to the area where Bronner’s is a few years ago. David’s parents go to Mackinac Island about once a year, and I’ve heard it’s really pretty there.

      But one thing I don’t think I could deal with is the snow that you all get! I am content with living where it MIGHT snow 2-3 inches once or twice a year….and even then we FREAK OUT! 🙂

      The funny thing about living in Nashville is that I’m not into the music scene here and never have been, but I understand the draw that it has for other people.

    • I love Ann Arbor! David and I have friends who live there, and we’ll be visiting them the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

      But still, I don’t think I could ever learn to drive in the snow. This old dog isn’t learning that new trick 😉

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