Love Where You Are

Changed my blog theme for Day Five task and also because I like this one better. I was thinking about Lovecraft since a few days back but I just recently discovered that Independent Publisher looks great too. Not too sure about my themes at the moment as this decision may be caused by my dazed mind (possibly because it’s almost midnight as I’m writing this and I am somewhat transitioning into hyperactive night owl state which will predictably climax by 2am).

Back then, on Instagram, I’ve posted a text quote of the same words as the title above, Love Where You Are. Since, according to this Blogging U. task, your blog is like your home, I thought it’d be nice to talk a little about home and leaving home to find yourself. Much like changing themes, although not exactly the same thing. 🙂

It’s quite commonly natural to love the place you grew up in; it is what you call home after all. But there comes a point where you have to leave your comfort zone for some reason. Probably, you want to experience more or you’re curious about how the rest of the world looks like. Regardless, you just get that feeling when you’re sure you’ve got to leave where you are now to go live somewhere else, possibly in a less than convenient state, because you just know you need it.

Leaving home for leisure can be fun, educational and life altering. Leaving home for work, on the other hand, can still be educational and life altering yet not necessarily fun. In the case of an absence of enjoyment, though, the solution is simple: find a way to have fun. Actually, in reality, it’s easier said than done. When you’ve already introduced your mind to the stresses of a particular place, you associate everything else to the stress you felt whenever you are in that place. This can be very hard to overcome but the good news is it will eventually make you stronger. At least that’s the idea.

Learning to love where you are can be a grueling task in that it takes effort and practice. Effort is required when you have to try to change your perspective about something or someone. For instance, you can’t always hate a place or person because of your personal biases especially if you have to live in that place or work with that person for a very long time. But there is a practice we call ‘focusing on the good’. For every bad thing that happens to you, it teaches you to appreciate the good ones that are sometimes overlooked and taken for granted. It somehow puts meaning into what you’ve been doing all those times you had to be exposed to such a negative feeling, place, and/ or person. It’s a win-win situation when you try your best to be resilient and it pays off when you choose to be strong even through the most difficult of circumstances.

Loving where you are (whenever you are outside of the place you call home) requires effort and more effort when you have to practice it daily. But everything will be worthwhile when you realize it is not the place that matters but the way in which we see things and handle them. Wherever we may find ourselves in this world, there will always be good and bad things happening. Some people have it worse so it won’t hurt if we actually simply become thankful for where we are and what we have. We can always have everything but what’s the point of living if we already have it all? Challenges make us, it should never break us. 😉

(Featured photo from Redd Angelo)

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