Building a Home
What on earth have I gotten myself in for?
Stop! Breathe! Don’t panic.
Take a moment to be excited at the amazing possibilities! The fortunate juncture you find yourself at to create such a marvelous thing! Acknowledge the work, toil and dedication it took you to get here – let go, let yourself dream, what do you want this thing – to be and become?
A home? A place? An investment for the future? An expression of yourself? Your point of view? A knitting together of partners, families, human and/or fur babies? Pause and consider all the significant dwelling places you have known, write them down, recall what was significant about each, what senses were heightened when you are in them? What is easiest to remember? Location, light, colour, smell, touch of textile or building materials? What would your transfer forward into your own place now if there were no limits?
If you no longer have access to them – what is occurring in your everyday moments now – when you run smack! bam! Right back into the memories of these significant places? The shape of a driveway, the scale of a front door?
If this is all starting to seem to fluffy, silly or a waste of time – just hang in there! Let me help you see how it can translate into many practical ways.
For me I grew up in a rural place, so trees are significant, so is open space. I moved to the city and carved out private nooks in what was to me, a very exposed way of living. When I feel a certain grain or texture in concrete or see a certain curve or specific shade of leprechaun green I remember our lounge room walls and how the walls were the perfect scratching post for humans and pets alike.
But to me, I learnt that walls can be made of all sorts of things, it opened my mind to what is possible; it also taught me I am a very tactile person, I like to touch, feel and know what the physical world around me is made of. The overall outcome is curiosity, valuing dynamic relationships and a treasured desire to dwell, craft and belong to my places.
How exquisite! Get excited!! Let that energy drive you forward; because you will certainly soar to the highest of places and drop to seemingly endless low valleys. Don’t be overwhelmed, keep hold to the origins because they will sustain, energise and inspire you!