I guess my post about my passports made me think about “belonging”. It made me think about where I believe I belong more. The interesting thing is that I don’t have to think for very long. I actually don’t have to think about it at all. I know where I belong.
It’s not Switzerland.
It might come as a surprise to those of you who have not followed me for long and have never read this post. I do not miss it. Never have and never will. Even when we were there visiting and after returning. I simply don’t miss it. There are people I miss, places I miss doing to but living in Switzerland and the country as such not at all.
The why is pretty easy, I find. It’s simply because I love Australia and living here. And most of all, I have my family with me. All the people that matter the most to me are here. So I feel that I belong. Because I belong to them and they are with me. But I also feel like I belong here. I belong to Australia. I belong to this place with its beautiful beaches, the ocean, the rain forests, its people.
The lifestyle here is not very different to back in Switzerland. It might be a little bit more relaxed but it’s very similar. What is different are the many hours of sunshine and the average temperature throughout the year. And it’s definitely something that speaks to me. What is different is being so close to the ocean at all time. Unless you decide to travel to the red center. But then you are entering another magical place that is highly fascinating. I’m pretty sure it’s mostly the fact that the ocean is so close that makes me feel like I have grown my roots deeper here than I’ve ever done in Switzerland. I feel I simply belong to the ocean. Who knows, maybe I once was a mermaid 😉
While I do think that you feel like you belong when you have the right people around you, I also think that you need to belong to a place as well to really be able to settle. If you feel disconnected to the place you live in although you try to connect you will feel like you are out of place. So I guess I’ve hit the jackpot. I’ve found my place and I’ve found the partner to be with and we were found by our children. We simply belong to each other.