Thanksgiving Break marked my first time returning to my hometown since the beginning of college. My personal “homecoming” marked a lot of firsts for me, actually: my first plane ride alone, my first time seeing friends and family since I went to college, and my first time getting lost in an airport (and unfortunately, it probably won’t be the last).
My time away from Ohio University was fairly jam-packed. I spent a lot of time catching up with friends from high school, visiting family, and quite frankly, stepping away from my homework to relax a bit.
Being back in Oswego, Illinois was a breath of fresh air. But, at the same time, it felt strange to revisit my hometown after being away for so long. My bedroom no longer felt like my own (did I really get that much room to myself?) and I no longer felt the same resentment towards my hometown that I once did.
I feel a split in me now. I have a home in Athens and Oswego. And that split is somehow a beautiful thing. I have found that I can create a place of solace and comfort where ever I go. It’s not the location that makes the home; it’s the people.
The people in Oswego will always hold a place in my heart. Now, they just need to scoot over a bit to make room for my newfound family in Athens.
The video below shows my experience of going home for the first time: the epiphany I had about what home is, the beauty of my friends and family, and the travels I had commuting between my two home states. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed my break.