Our home and our community can be a major component in the way we define ourselves. It is also an important part of the way we present ourselves to others.
There are many reasons why someone may choose a particular place to live: they may have family nearby, perhaps they moved for a job, it’s where they grew up, they went to college there and stayed after graduating, moved for a romantic partner, it was all they could afford, etc.
So the first part of this week’s question is just that: what are the circumstances that led you to be where you currently live? Do you like it? Why or why not?
There is another aspect to the question, as well. What are the things about the place where you live that you enjoy? Is it the neighbors? The quirky shops nearby? Perhaps it is surrounded by nature, or gives off a modern vibe that energizes you.
Maybe you don’t like where you live, and are hoping to move someday. What is it you don’t like? What will you be looking for? Where would be the ideal place for you?
Ultimately, we conflate who we are and where we live, for better or worse. What does your choice say about you?
Why do you live where you live?
Related questions: Why do we like what we like? Why do we put up with unhappiness? What makes a place feel like home? What makes a community?
You’ve spent your whole life learning lessons, both in and out of school. Which one has been the most valuable?
Share why if you wish.
Of all the things you own, which one can’t you live without?
Share why if you wish.
Lee’s Answer: my bicycle. It’s transportation, recreation, gym club membership, a social network, and a mediation class all in one, and it allows me to feel like I’m doing my part to reduce my carbon footprint!
Michael’s Answer: my laptop. Writing/Journaling, viewing my garden and travel photos on my amazing laptop screen, and listening to music are very therapeutic for me.
Life is full of ups and downs. When things are going well, it can seem easy and you can feel fulfilled. When it is not, it can feel empty and meaningless.
If you look back on the high points, are there elements in common?
What was the best time in your life? And what does “best” mean to you?
Related questions: How do you define success? How can we maintain wonder? Why do we put up with unhappiness? What makes you the happiest?
We all have bands or singers that we enjoy. They create music that might make us dance, make us think, or make us feel.
The particular musician or group, however, can help explain something about your personality. The style or genre that resonates with you can also be illuminating.
What is your favorite music? And what does it say about you?
Related questions: Why does music evoke emotion? Why do we like what we like? What makes you you?