Home is where the heart is, and for many of us, it's a place we feel most safe; most comfortable; most loved. Leaving home can be hard. Whether you're moving to college, moving out of the house, whatever you might be doing, leaving home isn't an easy thing to do. There's places we all call our second homes but those second homes will never be like our first.
So, to the ones missing home a little extra, this ones for you.
Learning to accept the feeling of homesickness can be hard, but it's something everyone feels once in a blue moon. When homesick, we tend to take our emotions out on the people around us. We're trying to adapt to a new environment; a new home. And that's something that some people take harder than others.
It's okay to feel homesick. Sometimes all you need is a quick phone call or FaceTime call home. Sometimes seeing your dogs, or hearing your parents voice, can make the world of difference. And that's okay. If I've learned one thing about being homesick, it's that mom and dad can always help. Although it's hard to think about when you're feeling down, home is just a quick call away.
One thing that really helps me get through the homesick phase is looking forward to the next time I'll be visiting home. I imagine seeing my family, seeing my friends, and having a nice home cooked meal, because let's be honest, nothing beats momma's cooking.
Visiting home can mean two things; 1) you're in your comfort zone & 2) you won't want to leave. I find this to be true every single time I go home for breaks. Fall break, Thanksgiving break, Christmas break, spring break, all of them. Every time I come home, I never want to come back to school. I find myself teary-eyed over the reality of leaving home yet again. But, it's something I've learned to deal with. I thought it would get easier the older I got, but truth be told, I think it's gotten harder, and I'm okay with that. I've learned to accept it. It just goes to show that I love where I come from, and I love being home.
If there's one thing you need to realize, it's that IT'S OKAY TO FEEL HOMESICK. It's okay to miss home, it's okay to cry, and most importantly, it's okay to not be okay. Like I said before, some take being homesick harder than others, and that's okay. We're all human. Just know it's not a big deal, and always remember, you're only a phone call away.
So, call home, text mom and dad, FaceTime your siblings, snapchat your friends. Do it all. Sometimes that's all you need.