The North Atlantic

I grew up next to the Atlantic Ocean. Its profoundly salty tone and scent suffuses all aspects of life within and nearby with an overarching awareness of the primordial melting pot that connects all of us.

For me, this picture from photographer Vincenzo Mazza activated a strong sense of home, which is unusual as I’ve never felt much homesickness. I left “home” at a very young age and have spent the vast majority of my life in many other places. Home became more about my life’s people than about a place. But the ocean has a way of imbuing your blood, I think.

I have visited Iceland a number of times, and its ocean geography does remind me of “home.”

South Icelandic coast, a rugged and beautiful place.

Do you feel homesick from time to time?

Happy Friday. 🙂

17 thoughts on “The North Atlantic”

  1. Iceland has such a special spot in my heart (and memories). It was here where my love of travel and adventure first began. I have been feeling a bit homesick this past year, but that’s maybe because i’m just getting sick of being home all the time!

    1. I think that the past year has been so strange that we’re getting unexpected reactions to lots of things.

      I’ve been to Iceland a number of times and have always enjoyed my visits. I can see how it might trigger a love of travel. 🙂

  2. Iceland is indeed a rare beauty. As to homesickness, I moved 28 times in my first 17 years of life (and 9 in the next 50) and never really new what home was until I got married. I do yearn for certain locations, but feel I am where I should be after 46 years (30 years in the same house) in one place. I do yearn for places we have travelled, though. Fingers crossed for the future. Allan

    1. It is. I have visited a number of times and plan to go again when this miserable virus is more controlled. I moved a lot as a child (but not as much as you) and I continued a sort of wanderlust into adulthood. I will be “settling down” next year, though. The longest I lived anywhere was Medicine Hat.

  3. What a stupendous photo this is. Yes, I do get home sick quite often, although I’m not quite sure where is home now, being born in England, but having lived the longest in South Africa. I have family in both countries as well as here in the USA. It’s a bit of a conundrum deciding where I miss the most. When we are able to travel freely again, it will sort itself out. xxx

    1. It probably will. 🙂 Having lived in such different places, maybe for you, home is more about a sense well-being and comfort, rather than a particular place. My mother was also from England. She lived in Canada for many years and took citizenship, but she still considered England to be home. 🙂

  4. When I was a child, my family moved a few times. I left home at 16 and have lived in a number of different places, usually chasing work, so, like you, Lynette, I associate ‘home’ more with people than places. After retiring from employment, my wife I decided we’d find a place we both wanted to be, and settled for the home we now live in. Fortunately, we’ve been welcomed by the residents here and made to feel at home. I was born in the city of Hull in Yorkshire, but have no desire to return to it!

    1. Yes, I understand your thinking. We both chose Penticton, in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. M and I have moved a lot and both consider home to mainly be about people. I think that for many, home is about familiarity with the place, the societal expectations, and the behaviour and reactions of the people. There’s probably some fear or discomfort around the unknown, and that’s what keeps people where they are, even in the face of poor prospects.

      1. I agree, Lynette. A combination of fear of the unknown and the possibility that ‘others’ may be different from them is responsible for keeping many people in the place where the accident of birth placed them. Travel has taught me that people are, mostly, the same all over; regional differences are often superficial. Culture and tradition, of course, can make some differences difficult to accept. So much depends on one’s priorities and willingness to tolerate, balanced with what is considered acceptable and what cannot be tolerated.

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