My American friend is desperate to go to the tiny café in lower Manhattan that serves afternoon tea surrounded by royal family memorabilia. When the waiter takes my order, I consider faking an American accent so that the other patrons don’t think that an English woman has come all the way to New York just to pretend that she never left England.
And I realise that although it’s normal to gravitate towards familiar things when you’re somewhere new, it’s easy to confuse familiarity with home.
Some things feel like home because they’re comfortable. It feels comfortable because it’s what you’ve always done. You know how it works and what’s going to happen.
But there’s another way to feel like you’re home… a braver way
You feel like you’re home when, although you’re full of fear and uncertainty, although you don’t know how it’ll turn out, you muster the courage to do something differently anyway.
The courage to recognise your insecurities and the vulnerability of opening yourself up to being hurt shows you who you really are.
And it’s living who you really are that really feels like home.
You can make familiarity home. You can make your comfort zone home. Or you can make courage home… the place you return to when there’s a choice between doing what’s easy and doing what matters.
Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the pathBrenéBrown