Home Is Where The Heart Is - This Is My Home
Where is home?
I have lived in three different countries during my life. I was born in Finland and at the age of 19 I moved to Switzerland and worked as an au pair for almost a year. It was great to get to know the country and the people. Sometimes I miss Switzerland, but I don't feel that I could move back there. After living in Switzerland, I moved to Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. I had a great time studying, working and spending time with my friends. Stockholm is a great city if you are young and want to have fun. After seven years I moved back to Finland with my boyfriend and our son. A few months after our daughter was born. They are now growing up in the same place where I grew up. Now I feel that this is my home. Sometimes I feel Stockholm is my home too. I really feel that I could live there for a while again. My heart is in two places. The heart is where the home is or to put it in another way: my heart is where the homes are.
Right now it isn't possible to own a house or apartment in Stockholm. We are building a big house in the countryside here in Finland. It's really interesting and I can hardly wait for the day that we move into our house. I guess it will be in a few years, because we're doing most of the work ourselves and that takes almost all our spare time. Maybe we could have two homes in the future - one in Finland and one in Sweden. You never know. I wouldn't consider to cut my heart in two pieces to get what I want right now. Bon Jovi was right: "Who says you can't go home."
Our home in the future
Living in a garage
The most important thing for me is to be with my family. That's the main reason why we moved back to Finland. As our son was born, we wanted to see our parents and his grandparnets more often. With all those kilometres between us we couldn't visit Finland very often. Our son was one year old when we packed up all our belongings and moved. We started all over again. We moved to an apartment and started to build our garage. Then we moved into the garage and started to build the house. We've now lived two years in our garage. We have everything we need and it's not a small garage. It's actually our home. You don't need a big house to call it your home. The home is where the family is - and right now it's in our garage. Of course it will be great to move into the house and start calling it our home. The best thing about living on the countryside is to be able to open the door and smell the nature outside. That's life and that's how I want to live. Sometimes I just need a bit of Stockholm too to be really happy. You can buy a house but you can't buy happiness or a home. The home is where the heart is - even if it's a garage for a little while.
Me and my daughter in Stockholm
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