Not everyone can choose where they want to live. Even the ones that can still have to give meaning to the spaces that surround them.
Here are some ideas for you to try to give meaning to your environment and create a sense of place.
Choose one small part of your home environment. Look at it with new eyes. Is it a place where you want to spend your time, or is it neglected, an afterthought, an abandoned corner?
How can you make that space better? How can you make it meaningful?
If it’s perfect, let it be and move on to another space.
Go outside and just wander.
To which areas do you gravitate? Where do your eyes go when you look off in the distance? Your natural tendencies are probably signaling something. Pay attention to what comes natural to you.
First, just take it all in. Then, try to put words to what you are experiencing. Words are symbolic, which means they are imperfect, but they are what we have to create meaning for ourselves.
Open yourself up to your environment.
It’s probably having a larger impact on you than you realize. Rather than being a passive observer, see if there are ways you can take in the good from your environment and ward off the bad.
You have the power to do that.
In 2020, maybe it’s time to see the world around you with new eyes.