A Concept of Home

I have lived in the same neighborhood, on the same street, in the same house all my life. That is where I consider “home” to be. For others, home is the house they’re currently living in. For others, still, home is the place they grew up. Some have split homes, whether due to divorce or immigration or other circumstances. “Home” is sometimes defined as a state of being, rather than a place. “I feel at home here,” has often been the choice phrase spoken by travelers seeking comfort. During this election cycle, I found a new definition of home for myself.

I’ve traveled outside of the United States twice in my life. Always being the child up for adventure, I readily tried new foods and met new people on both trips. However, even as a girl, I knew there was something oddly comforting about hearing an American accent on the streets of Paris, or eating a hamburger in London. As loudly as the world beckons me to explore, the United States has always found a way to bring me home again.

Amidst the confusion, frustration, and impatience of the tallying up of the electoral college votes, with Trump in the lead, the immigration website for Canada crashed. I’d heard many people, my friends among them, joke about fleeing the country if Donald Trump became the President of the United States. I didn’t think anyone was serious until that very moment. While I can not understand the fear going through the minds of some citizens right now, who possibly feel threatened by the promises our new President has made over the course of the past year, what remains more unfathomable to me are the people who are fleeing out of anger with the election.

As background on myself, I will tell you that I have a kind heart. I believe that, because we are all human beings, we have a moral obligation to be kind to one another on a daily basis. I am also only nineteen. There is much I have yet to learn about the world. But, if I have learned anything in my short time here, I know that kindness takes courage. A home is built with love, care, and, above all, kindness. Walking around my university today I witnessed ugly exchanges of words between people about political candidates. I overheard conversations that would not make me proud to call the United States my home.

As Americans, we are loud. We like sports, spending time with our families, and somehow manage to pair sneakers with everything. If you travel abroad, it’s somewhat easy to pick out the Americans in the crowd. We aren’t assertive, but we carry a kind of independent, inquisitive disposition that often finds us at the front of the tour group. It’s admirable.

While there are many things that set us apart from one another, there are also two fundamental things that should bring us together right now: we are human, and we are American. Through the process of logical deduction, it’s safe to assume that we live on same soil. We share the same home. And while not all homes are the same, I’d ask you to re-evaluate what a home means to you. I hope yours is built with kindness for others.

So in this time of change for our country, do not run away from what angers you. As it has been recently said, one vote has the power to change an election. As of now, one person has the power to change the divide that has become our home.

What’s on my Radar

I’m driving myself crazy taking on SIXTEEN hours of college courses this semester!!! But there are definitely things that make my days brighter and sometimes even (somewhat) stress-free!

1. Sarah Palin Endorsing Donald Trump

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You wouldn’t think he’d really need anyone endorsing him after his father gave him that small loan of a million dollars those many years ago, but it still happened. Why is this so exciting for me? Because it means more Tina Fey on SNL. Can I get a hallelujah?

 

2. Cartoon-izing My Friends

I’m not a great artist, but I love doing this! It shows me which traits really stick out the most about my besties, and it brightens their days so much when I give them their caricatures! Wanna grab a pen and start sketching? Just make a list of everything that first comes to mind about your friend, pull up a picture of them on Facebook or Instagram (unless you’re going to be around them for a while and can sketch them in person), and pull up a cartoon person off the internet for inspiration! I always have trouble with facial expressions, so I leave that for last and Google image search for a while until I can compile something that I think works.

Paige Cartoon
This is my roommate all bundled up for the snow!
Coach Cartoon
A girl from my PE class was really sweet to me this week, so I drew her in to my bullet journal

3. furrylittlepeach

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This is a phenomenal artist with an Instagram documenting her works in progress, life, and all her adventures! Not only am I in love with all her art (which you can buy on her etsy site) but I absolutely adore every single photo she posts! Can I have her life please?

4. Snoop Dogg Narrating

This is a blessing of a different kind. I found it while completely sleep deprived and actually cried, fell out of a chair, and rolled onto the floor while laughing. My favorite video is linked right here – it’s Snoop narrating otters being attacked by a crocodile. It doesn’t sound funny, but oh boy will it surprise you!

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5. The Man in the High Castle

Okay, let me give you a bit of a heads up before ranting about the utter perfectionmv5bmjewntgxodcyov5bml5banbnxkftztgwmzi5oduynze-_v1_sx640_sy720_ of this show – it’s only on Amazon Prime and there’s only one season out. The Man in the High Castle is a television show based in 1960’s America. After the Nazi’s won World War II the United States was split into three sections: the Pacific Zone (controlled by the Japanese), the Neutral Zone (controlled by no one), and the Greater Reich (controlled by the Germans). A group of rebels are fighting the Nazis in order to win back their, and all the Allied powers, freedom. A group of films created by a man called the Man in the High Castle is the rebel group’s ticket to defeating the Nazi’s, and season one is all about the getting the films to the right person, which is a problem because Hitler is just as obsessed with them as the rebel forces. This show is binge worthy and absolutely made for history geeks like myself! I watched the entire season in two days and am still waiting on the edge of my seat for season two!