“Don’t ask me where I’m from, ask where I’m a local. ”
Taiye Selasi in her TED talk
We are weathering turbulent times. Is it no wonder we feel the need to nest, to retreat into something comforting and familiar, avidly exploring concepts such as lagom(just the right amount – Sweden), hygge(a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality – Norway and Denmark) and now coorie(the Scottish for cuddling up).
For some for us, our nest is a place of safety; it can be somewhere in our mind’s eye, or it can be a collection of people, not a destination at all. Sometimes, it is just an abstract feeling that you can’t quite put your finger on – our happy place.
Wherever is it, whatever it is, the desire to make something we can return to is a need so deep, we cannot shake it off. It seems we are not so different from denning animals and leaping salmon.