Ever wondered? Ever asked yourself?
You, my dear star dust, you will make that difference.
How? One might ask while reading this string of words.
The answer to this rather simple question is going to pop in your mind in the moment when you will take some time to figure who you are.
Now, let me ask you, when did you last take some time for yourself? When was the last time you just laid in your favorite spot and asked yourself “What do I like? What do I need? What makes me smile?” Knowing the answers to these questions makes the difference between a “house” and a “home.”
When I finished high school and enrolled in the university, I had to fly out from my parents’ nest, and oh boy, how little did I know. Despite the fact that everything that I was accustomed with vanished in 2.5 seconds, I found myself in an empty average sized apartment. The transition between having just a bedroom to owning an entire house was, let’s say, exhausting. I did not know where to start, how to start, and with what to start first, and I just wanted everything to be done ASAP. Unfortunately, I did not make the most of that experience, and I regret it now.
When buying or renting long term an apartment or a house, as a student or at any stage of your life, take your time to “talk” to yourself to understand your needs in order to fulfill all your desires and meet your expectations regarding your future home.
If you are an avid reader, create the perfect spot with a comfortable armchair and a side lamp near your library. You’ll laugh and say “Who has space for that in these days?” yes…but that doesn’t mean you can’t put that perfect armchair with a cozy blanket next to the night stand made out of your favorite books on top of which you have your kindle, laptop, tablet, or phone where you’re reading from.
It is just about what you want and enjoy doing; life finds a way, and so will your pleasures. I often find myself sitting at the kitchen table doing my research papers or just reading a book while drinking coffee. Now, after some years in the academic field I understood that I desperately need an office…
No one tells you what and how to do it, and I learned that from my mistakes and after spending some time in an apartment that I did not invest enough time or energy in fixing it up properly. I understood some ergonomic notions too late, and despite the fact that I am studying a health related subject, I choose to ignore some aspects regarding my well-being in a house; and yes, I used house and not home, because it’s not fulfilling neither me nor my needs.
In this post, I am encouraging you, ardent reader, to just take some time, listen to your thoughts, needs and pleasures, and give them a chance to emerge. Create that cozy reading spot, a little spa treatment with a little bit of help of that never before seen corner of your bathroom, take advantage of that sill that lays empty and transform it in your natural lighted office.
The possibilities are truly endless.
Goodnight or may your coffee be strong.