Among all the news about Covid 19 and the recent developments in Italy, the tidbit that struck me the most was that having to stay home purportedly took the joy right out of life for many Italians.
It makes me wonder. How common is it that people do not actually like to be home? Do people not like their families, significant others or pets, for that matter, well enough to actually spend time with them? What’s wrong with staying home that it would deprive people of what makes life worth living?
I guess the thrust of my health-considerations for today is clear by now: How healthy can it be to call a place ‘home’ that you don’t actually like to be at? Where do people prefer to spend their time that being home is experienced as such a burden?
Here is something to consider: Many people even of our grandparent’s generation still spent most of their life living in the same area, and most of their days in or around the house or homestead. In fact, for by far the larger chunk of human history, spending time with your family or clan was the normal, traditional way of life. Neither extensive circles of friends, nor many hours spent shopping or being entertained otherwise, nor extensive travel were part of people’s lives, surely not on a regular basis. Consequently, people were a lot less concerned about other people’s business and a lot more concerned with their own, and put a good bit of effort into making their living place a home indeed.
Every crisis is also an opportunity. Maybe we can use this pandemic to reconsider our lifestyles and turn our houses into homes again, places where we love to spend time rather than places that we flee. It’s the way our ancestors lived.
Home is where the heart is. If you do not have a home, where, pray tell, is your heart?