The Merriam-Webster definition of Home is: “one's place of residence; the social unit formed by a family living together; a familiar or usual setting; congenial environment; also : the focus of one's domestic attention.” My sense of home hasn’t exactly been traditional or the “norm” over the past 5 months. I lived in a van for a month pre-PCT, and for the past 4 months when I’m not sleeping directly under the stars on a sheet of Tyvek, this tent is my home. It’s where I reside, mostly unfamiliar and some unusual places. I don’t have much room for social gatherings or family to visit, but it travels on my back and allows me to meet new people everyday. It’s where I complete domestic activities, mostly making my bed and sweeping out dirt.
Since getting to the Canadian border I’ve been excited to get home and see my family and friends. Excited to lay in my bed and rest my head on a real pillow instead of a stuff sack full of smelly clothes (although I didn’t smell the stink anymore). Still, this trail has taught me home doesn’t have to be one place, with one set of people, full of all the comforts you think you need. I think home is where you are the best version of yourself. My first home will always be in New Hampshire, but you better believe I’m going to take this new sense of home with me— here and wherever my feet land next.
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