As I’ve been packing up my apartment preparing to move, I’ve been thinking a lot about how we create spaces, and importantly how can we be intentional with the spaces we create.
This doesn’t just apply to homes, but also classrooms, social places. We are affected by the environment we surround ourselves with, but as David Korins ponders in his TED talk, “…what would happen if the space revealed something about yourself that you didn’t even know?”
Pondering this further led me to the realisation what living and growing up in Australia has revealed about me. When I was living in Germany, I started to get a relentless itch because I was landlocked. I yearned for the salty sea breeze, sand in between my toes and the sun on my skin.
So what does an aversion to being landlocked and a yearning for the ocean and sea reveal about me?
For some, the ocean represents stability (as it has remained relatively unchanged for centuries). For others, it represents fertility, or where life came from. It can also represent a yearning for connectivity to nature.
As I’m sitting on the porch, taking a break from packing sipping my tea, my reflections lead me to this conclusion:
I need to take more mind and heed when I’m yearning for the ocean. For it is a reminder for me to reconnect. Reconnect and become one with nature, take greater heed of my emotions and of others.
But most importantly, it is a reminder to reconnect with myself.