Where do you belong to?

Something a friend of mine said today really got me to think. She was talking about moving away from her hometown to go somewhere else. " I've got to find a place to live where I am challenged". I had a doctor appointment and, while waiting, I started thinking about what she said. Where do we really belong to? This I think is a big dilemma for people who think. People who want to be a part of something, but ultimately the dilemma is for people who want to belong somewhere. Physically but, on top of everything, psychologically. I have the dilemma too. Every morning when I wake up I ask myself "am I happy here?" or "is this the right place for me?". But, to be honest, I am not really sure I belong here in this hell hole where I live right now. I would love to run away so many times. But the question of belonging I believe is more related to our psychological health, our intellectual status, our relationship to something deeper than the physicality of a place. I am too, like my friend, not really challenged here. The people I hang around with are not very interested in anything beside waking up in the morning and go to work just to receive the paycheck at the end of the month. I want to love what I do. The paycheck is a different story. But now still the question remains: Where do we belong? Where do I belong? Who knows! Someday I think it is ok to be here. I escape reality through a good book or movie. Sometimes then, when I need it, I fly somewhere to recharge myself and get back the creative side of my brain that has been extrapolated from me by this bad thing we call "routine". But is this enough to complete a person and give her/him back the sense of place/belonging she/he is looking for??? I guess that is, for people like me or my friend, the big question, and I am sure one day we will find the answer.


October 8, 2008 at 7:04 AM ML said...

so perfectly said! I was talking to my friend this morning. and he says it's really your state or mind. and how strong you are.

I am sure that every single artist or creative person, needs to look inside and to other places for inspiration or to feel like they belong.
(like books, a bit of travel etc)

how much do you need a physical space or a society to be able to function? we just need a few friends...