Finding a room or two of one’s own
It’s about this time when you realise that the new year has definitely begun.
The Christmas tree has been packed away, along with the decorations, and some of us are already sunning ourselves on holidays by the beach.
The more organised families out there have already started thinking about what the new year holds, from back-toschool expenses to setting up study areas to provide the best environment for young minds.
For many, it’s an exciting start to the new year, sorting out uniforms and stocking up on stationery. For some, it’s going to be a big ask. After the expenses of Christmas, plenty of families have nothing left in the household kitty. Some have no household at all. It’s difficult to stay at the same school when you’re living out of the family car, you’re sleeping in a tent at the park or you’re living in third-world housing in a first-world country.
In some parts of the world, families are on the move, forced out of their homes through no fault of their own by violence and war.
Finding a sense of place — somewhere to call home — is not unique to humans but it’s fundamental to who we are and our aspirations for a happy life.
That desire to create a welcoming and nurturing space, separate from the rest of the world, is at its heart the reason why publications like ours exist.
And while most of us have worked hard to get into and keep our homes, there are plenty of others who are just as deserving who have barely a roof over their heads.
So I’m going to try to keep my resolutions simple this year and be thankful for the comfort of my own home and look for ways to lend a hand to those struggling to find theirs.
Because there’s no place like home.