Beautiful Ana! She was born to a beautiful young couple and suddenly their life changed from being a duo to what they called ‘a family’! When they took her in their arms, she could feel the unconditional love and her little heart knew that she was safe. The blissful life they shared together was a place she called home. ‘Home’ they say is a feeling, a place where you can feel loved and wanted, a place where you can speak without being judged, a place where you can fight without the fear of separation, a place where you get a sense of belonging. This was how her world looked like, till one day she had to say goodbye. Goodbye to the place she called home, goodbye to the haven she called family, goodbye to all those things that made her who she was, goodbye because it was time for her to leave the nest.
She fought with the world to choose a life of her choice; a choice that was disapproved by her family and she lost their trust, maybe forever. “So what? I will build my own home, my own family, my own nest” she thought. With hopes in her heart of a beautiful future ahead, she got married to the love of her life. New people, new love and hopefully new home, she looked ahead while still missing what she left behind. Through thick and thin, she stood by her new family and by her dear husband, and yes, he loved her too. He really did!
This is the girl who had to leave her nest, her safe haven, and the rules won’t let her call it home again. She moved to fit in to a new home, but those in that family were already very happy being together. A close-kit family where a guest is absolutely welcome and showered with love, but the guest remains a guest for life.
She looks around and the only person she can see is the love of her life, with whom she dreamt of building her own nest. But alas! Little did she know that the rules were different for him. Love has its own place but the unspoken rules don’t let him leave his maiden nest (at least not in his heart) and make his own with her. She felt loved, oh yes, she really did! But it feels incomplete as she continues her search for a feeling called home, a sense of belonging, a safe haven.
I heard her, I felt for her but I could not help her with any comforting words; because I could not explain it to myself why is it so important to have a sense of belonging, to feel wanted, to feel home? Is love alone not enough after all?
(Please feel free to leave a comment below for Ana. I did not know how to comfort her, but maybe you do…)