“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
― Margaret Atwood

Every once in a while, the theme for the weekly photo challenge echoes our travel philosophy: sink your feet into the earth; take a breath of fresh air; let the sun colour your skin; water cleanse your soul; and the wind threaten to take you along.

“How can we be so arrogant? The planet is, was, and always will be stronger than us. We can’t destroy it; if we overstep the mark, the planet will simply erase us from its surface and carry on existing. Why don’t they start talking about not letting the planet destroy us?”
― Paulo Coelho

It takes courage to experience the elements — in their wildest form. The thought of crumbling might appear within the first few steps. Hang on. The will to survive will eventually defeat fear. In those cold, dark moments you will truly learn to appreciate the world we live in; respect it, and be humbled by its power over you.


“If Light Is In Your Heart
You Will Find Your Way Home.”
― Jalaluddin Rumi

I’m miles away from home. Every day spent away — makes me feel more lost and confused. Every unfamiliar thing around me has slowly begun to feel very familiar and that scares me. Because as I change, so will the memories of home, until home might just become a memory for me. That’s when, I try to seek comfort in the elements. They’ll always be the same — no matter where I’m looking from.


“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”
― Gary Snyder

There’s a lot to gain from finding a home in nature. You don’t have to draw lines or build houses in the air. You don’t have to pay loans, worry about bills, or have your paperwork in place. No matter where you go, or who you become, home will be easily found in the experiences you’ve felt. You can’t forget the salty breath of the ocean or the kiss of a gentle wave. And there’s no worry — a walk along the shore cannot solve.


“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.”
― William Shakespeare

We’ve travelled, lived, and felt like home at different places on this fascinating planet that we call earth. And some might seem obsessed by defining who they are — by the lines they lie within. I’ve realised, you can never let a line define you or who you are. A line can contribute towards the making of who you could become; but under the blue sky — we’re all equally dependant on that large, brown mass of earth — to keep us safe through day or night.


“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair”
― Kahlil Gibran

Almost every childhood memory of mine had something to do with running. And when you run, the wind becomes your friend. The faster you run; the closer you get to it. As an adult, I’ve always wanted to run away from situations and escape everything that ties me down. It’s the only time I feel free from the weight of expectation.


“The universe is a pretty big place. If it’s just us, seems like an awful waste of space.”
― Carl Sagan

Maybe, my answer lies in the void that surrounds us. Surrounded by stellar giants, galaxies, celestial objects, and darkness we can only theorise about; I seek refuge in our planet. As long as it lets me be (wherever I may be); I’ll be home.


Posted by:twobrownfeet

Writer-Photographer Duo. Now in Seoul.

22 replies on “In Search of a Home Under the Blue sky

  1. Beautiful post. I enjoyed all the photos and the quotes that go with them. So nicely coupled. Love the Gary Snyder quote and the Margaret Atwood one!

    After living recently for 1.5 years smack in the center of a big city, we are loving living in nature, right next to jungle, where the noises of the night and the morning (birds, insects, frogs and monkeys) lull us to sleep and wake us with the dawn.


    1. Hi Peta! I thought you’d enjoy this one. We’re still living in a city. I’m hoping that someday we’d be able to leave city life and opt for something more raw. 🙂

  2. Such a meaningful post about the elements and finding one’s way home. It does take a lot of courage to brave the elements as it is, especially when we are traveling or in an unfamiliar place as you said. One moment you can be strolling through pleasant weather and the moment you could be struggling moving forward going against it. Think walking through someplace windy, or climbing a steep treacherous climb in the dark.

    ‘home might just become a memory for me’ This is so true. I think our surrounds change more than we think, just that it happens right under our noses. It’s like how certain restaurants go up and down so quick here where I live in Melbourne. And then there’s people coming and going in your lives, and throughout it all, we just move along. Amazing photos from Basil again. Stunning 🙂

    1. Thanks for your comment, Mabel. There’s a lot going on in my mind these days and writing is a great way to get it all out. 🙂 I’ve always nature to be a comforting place. There’s something soothing about it.
      I agree. People come and go and that’s such a difficult part of expat life. Meeting people and saying goodbye — hoping to meet again. Have a great week! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Another beautifully written post. You cover each element with a great deal of sensitivity and respect. You are able to ponder and reflect upon the natural elements that are so much a part of our lives and uncover their unique qualities amidst all that mundaness.

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