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Jun 11, 2019 23:22:56

What is in a place?

by @abrahamKim PATRON | 312 words | 🐣 | 454💌


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My friend Lee asked me how my hometown was. When he asked me this, I thought of all the times I thought of what's in a place.

It was in college I kept hearing about people loving their cities. And I resented this kind of love. I didn't get how one could love a city, a place. What did these people do, kiss the concrete and metal railings and say PRAISE THIS CITY! 

I'm from a noname place, so I never knew what could be in a place until I went off to college. And even then it was a bit late for me so I struggled to understand this love for a place, or even the meaning one derives from a place.

So when I read that text from Lee, I thought of, what is in a place. When he asks me how my hometown has been, what does that entail? What I came up with had nothing to do with the place at all. Not the city I'm in. Not the restaurants around here. Not even the people. It all had to do with me. Lee's question might as well have been rephrased as, how has your past couple weeks spent in that current location been for you. 

But to answer that question. It's been great. I've learned so much about myself. A lot of this is thanks to Lana Del Rey's Born to Die, Noise Cancelling Bose Headphones, Midwestern highways, Mid-sized downtown city scapes, old best friends asking me to be their bestman at their wedding, and Seun's post about Naval on JRE, which allowed me to listen to another person who's further down the line then me, put into words what my educational and existence style is, in such an articulate manner that I was able to hear the bell ringing. The bell saying... hey... this is you!

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    @abrahamKim - This is a deep question Sir Abe.

    I once told my dad that most immigrants, children of diplomats, military personnel and people that just move a lot in general - usually have kids that develop a sense of not feeling like they belong somewhere specific. Most people that grow up in one city/country/continent - there is a strong bond and definition of what home is and why they love it.

    For me - home is wherever family is. I can't LOVE any city if I am far from my family.

    Keni avatar Keni | Jun 11, 2019 18:23:19
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      I think vast majority think the way you do -- family is home -- and i think this is why a lot of people struggle because they don't have family.

      Abe avatar Abe | Jun 12, 2019 13:52:26
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    @abrahamKim Hahaha, "kiss the concrete and metal railings" (like the pope?)
    so...home is where the heart is? Maybe a lot of people (with no heart) define home by the things they are told they should love. Personally, I'm with you. I've lived in big cities and in small cities. Smaller cities always feel more like home. You get to a big place and the sense of community is gone. It's just a space.

    Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jun 12, 2019 00:05:20
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      lol didn't know the pope did that.. How big is the city you reside in now?

      Abe avatar Abe | Jun 12, 2019 13:52:50
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      @abrahamKim Medium I guess, not even a million.

      Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jun 12, 2019 15:18:24
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