You know how kids are asked what they want to be when they grow up? Well, I had all the typical answers too…but I also always wanted to be a hobo.
I wanted to travel, not carry much, do odd jobs for the necessities, and hop the trains to wherever I wanted to go. Granted, this dream probably started after I obsessed over reading all The BoxCar Children books and so living in a train car just sounded like a great adventure.
Immediately following living on campus in college, which is another whole set of not living permanently, I have lived in 5 homes in a matter of 3 years, moving a total of 6 times to include moving back home. In addition to those 5 homes, I spent each summer away from “home”, adding in additional packing and moving back and forth (and I still technically live in two places at once).
In each location I have lived (including college dorm rooms) my greatest compulsion was (and is) to make it my own. To make it beautiful. To make it a place in which anyone would be comfortable truly living.
Now, there are like twenty different directions I can take this think piece, and maybe one day I’ll cover them all. In the meantime:
It is my opinion that everyone should have a home, permanent or not, that is comfortable, functional and beautiful. With those descriptors being subjective to whatever the personal eye and mind prefers.
Rustic, Coastal, Modern, Contemporary, Minimalist, Industrial, Farmhouse, Mid-mod, Bohemian, Colorful, Dark, Bright, Monochromatic, Small, Large, and so on, and so on.
This opinion of mine, is one of the large reasons I started doing what I’m doing now. I lived for a while as a modern day hobo (albeit, with a heck of a lot more stuff than a traditional hobo, and updated means of transportation, though I have been on my fair share of trains), and I so greatly desire to provide for, and help others cultivate precious furnishings and objects inside where they live. In order to create a true home.
Now, that idea of a ‘true home’ and the subjectivity to what pleases an individual supplies an endless stream of creative potential. The places where we live are some of the perfect canvases for delving into that creativity. If you haven’t lately, spend a little bit of time dreaming and thinking about what would make you truly comfortable in your home. Contemplate what items, ideas or designs would enable you to move about your life just a tad smoother. Catch sight of the objects that make your face smile when you see them. Then, act on those, and if there is something standing in your way of putting those dreams into action, let me know!
Lately I have been spending time researching influential public figures who have positive, inspiring, etc. quotes. The focus person for the months of June/July has been Maya Angelou. In doing my research there were two (I say that like it’s only two, ha!) quotes that unmistakably caught my attention and my heart and I leave you with them now: