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Where is home? They say home is where your heart belongs

It feels like the right time to post a video about my expat life.

Where is home? It is a question that has been growing within me more, the older I become. My life has been greatly affected by politics, moving, and family patterns. This has given me a broader insight regarding life, the world and humanity, than most people around me.  In this video, I am talking about where is home, my experience as a foreigner and uprooting from one country to another—life as an expat, immigrant or whatever you choose to call it.

“I know you’ve lived in many interesting places. It would be cool to see more blogs about your life experiences as an expat.” Troy Headrick replied when I commented on his post, ” The places that made me.” The comment from Troy and his post inspired me to create this post. If you have not yet seen that must-read post, you should check it out.

There is so much more I could have said or touched on about uprooting, but for now, I will leave it with what I have already shared. I am very open to talking more about it if any questions arise while watching the video. 

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I hope you enjoy this beautiful song. Sona Jobarteh is a Gambian-British multi-instrumentalist and composer. She is the first professional female Kora virtuoso to come from any of the West African Griot dynasties.

21 thoughts on “Where is home? They say home is where your heart belongs

  1. Uprooting is very much on my mind at present. ‘Where is home?’ is a question I often ask myself. At 72 I am still asking it. I have moved around a lot. Well done for presenting a video. Thank you for sharing this.

    1. How interesting that you are also asking yourself the same question. It is for sure a big question in a world that is organised by nations, boundaries and a lot of written and unwritten rules that are not always serving us and our evolution as humans on different layers.

      By the way, thank you 🙏🌟 for watching the video. Your comment encourages me.

      1. Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. I have just returned to writing on WordPress and have recently posted an article on downsizing and letting go of things. Although not exactly the same topic, your post resonated with me. I feel that I have always been on the move with nothing ever permanent. Yet we take ourselves wherever we go. Perhaps that is the secret. I am delighted to encourage you. Keep writing!

      2. I would very much like to read that post of yours. Could you please share the link here in the comments, so we all can get it here? 🙏🙏🙏

      3. Unfortunately, the link does not work. I have tried different ways but still need to get in. Maybe, if you could please tell me the name of the post and your blogs name, I could get there that way. Thank you.

  2. Your post reminds me of a saying, “Wherever I go, I take my self with me.” Your reference to identifying not with your country or job resonates deeply with the Truth that our true home is within. My identity with my True Self brings me all of the peace and comfort that I need to live in a world of folks who tend to see the outer world as their true home. I once moved 3,000 miles away from my place of upbringing to another part of my own country in which I felt completely out of place—like a foreigner. It was difficult. But I was fortunate to find others who felt as I did—that the true home is within. Then—I felt truly at home. Thank you for sharing your experience—both painful and enriching all at once.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to watch the video and your comment. Right? Nothing is black and white; we carry who we are wherever we walk; that makes us who we are and how we experience the world–a ping pong play between the outer and our inner world. However, some countries give more room to feel more welcome and at home than others. I believe that has to do with the collective consciousness in society( the history of the country, the government and ruling system, etc). Still, I am also fully aware that no perfect society exists. By the way, thank you for sharing your experience on this topic.

  3. I really enjoyed this video and hearing about your thoughts and experiences Parisa. I was also impressed that you seemed so comfortable talking to the camera- I always end up tripping all over myself in those situations 😁. Did you say you ran away from home at age 14? You’ve had such an interesting life so far – thanks for sharing some of it.
    Also – I loved the music video – what a beautiful voice!

    1. Thank you so much, Todd; I appreciate your kind feedback.

      Yes, I ran away from home quite right after we had moved to Norway. I was then 14 and a half years old.
      I believe that we all have unique lives, though.

      I am so glad you enjoyed her music, and I agree; she has a lovely voice.

  4. What a beautiful video Parisa! And your words resonate to me so much. I lived in 4 different countries. One country, Estonia, was particular difficult for me and my family. Their culture there reminded me about soviet times and I think they would need the new generations taking over to be able to overcome that mentality. I also don’t define myself by my job or nationality. Recently I was in Fuerteventure with a French friend of mine. The cleaning lady heard we were speaking French and she started to speak French with, because she is Belgium. Then, I said “I am also Belgian”, that is not true formally speaking as my nationality is Italian. So, I would say that now I am a bit consufed about my nationality, or maybe I link my nationality to the place I live. Anyway, for me home means being with my family, that always has followed me throughout the years (also my cats).

    1. Oh thank you, Cristiana. I appreciate your supportive words. Then you know exactly what I mean when I talk about home.

      And you know what, I also feel that some places are more warm, and including than other places. And yes, home and where it is, is a big theme that can be explored in different ways, I guess. So for me, to be continued… I guess
      Thanks by the way for watching the video and sharing your experiences!

    1. Thank you for watching and commenting.
      Yes, the deeper one digs the more gold one can find 😉but the feeling of home is still to be found 😅

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