Having a home is part of the American Dream, but why? We’re a nation of restless people. Why isn’t travel, adventure, the wandering life a bigger part of our American identity?
I know it is, in a way. Jack Kerouac’s On The Road touched upon that myth, but travel is about the journey, not the goal. Home seems to be the goal. What makes the dream of home so compelling? What defines “home”?
I think an ideal definition of “home” is a place where we can feel safe, loved, accepted, and at peace. Yet there are many who can testify that their homes, past and present, were never those kinds of emotional oases.
Maybe the reason home is not where the heart is is because we haven’t put our hearts and minds into creating the kind of home we want.
Denmark, often sited as the happiest country in the world, has a concept called “hygge” that is designed to foster the feelings we think of when we think about our ideal home. It’s not about a white picket fence, or a four car garage, or a certain kind of marriage. It’s about creating a family bond that encourages and empowers a sense of certainty, stability, and love–a place where you can truly relax and be yourself. In other words, a place where you can feel at HOME.
THAT is the American Dream, but the Danes don’t have to dream about it. They’ve learned how to make it happen.
If you’re looking for a house in which to make a home, or if you’re wanting to sell the old dream and find a new one, give me a call. I’d love to help.
I’m easy to contact. As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone 510-527-0174. and you’ll probably reach me. I’m never too busy to take care of you– or your referrals–and I’ll make sure you’re glad you called.
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