I have joined a Facebook group, Virginia and Virginia Photographers and I am enjoying both posting and seeing what others post. I am not from here, but I have grown to feel comfortable here. Northern Virginia, the DC metro area is a modern world Capital, an easy place for me to be comfortable. Rural Virginia is harder for me, generations of racism, sexism and isolation make it culturally and socially backward.
The simple question, where are you from, often brings an answer from me of "that's complicated." I have lived in 5 states, mid-west, southwest, south east and mid-Atlantic. I have no desire to return to the place I was born in Michigan, if not for family I would almost never visit. Phoenix was 55 years ago, though the landscape still makes me homesick. I will be forever connected to Florida (I have a professional license there,) but I have no desire to return to living in the hurricane zone, and the conservative nutters have taken over state government. I will be forever connected to Kentucky (I have a professional license there,) but we never wanted to live there, we went there for opportunities (that treated us VERY WELL.) So here I am in the DC burbs, for a dozen plus years now. My job requires me to live here, and I hope the job lasts another 3 years (then I will retire - promise!) But is it home?
So is home where I am now? Where I am from? If so which place that I am from? Where I want to be? My father use to answer, "home is where I hang my hat, and I don't wear a hat anymore."
For me, for now, feeling a connection to a place, feeling intune with the season and the landscape, makes me feel at home.
Do you live in a place that feels like home for you?