Home is anywhere you find peace and fulfilment, anywhere you are free to be yourself, express yourself and still be accepted. It could also be within the confines of a building, although not all the time. Growing up, i was a bit hyperactive and troublesome. I would go outside and look for trouble and when a fight starts, i would run back home where i know i will be safe and my brother’s​ would fight for me. To me, my home was my safe haven, my dad my hero, my mom my mentor and my siblings my best support system. It didn’t matter where i was, i would always want to run back home. 

Over the years i have discovered that a lot of people do not feel at home in their homes, nor use their voices in their ​own homes. We must have all heard of the saying “Home is where the heart is.”right? For me, my home isn’t just a place where i eat and sleep, it’s also a place where i find peace, a place where i don’t have to hide what I feel and how i feel. It serves a greater purpose than simply a place where i hide my head and my possessions. For many others a home is just a place where they rest their head and not their hearts. Some can not even wait for morning to come before they run out because they can’t stand the drama that will unfold with the breaking of dawn.

I have a couple of friends who each time we talk about going home gets really scared and reluctant. They would rather be out there than in there. The closure they need can’t be found in their homes. The idea or concept of home is different for many people and still has very important position in some cultures. In Africa, the people are attached to their homes. No matter where they are, what happens, there’s always the longings to be home. Amongst the igbos, the home is a “sacred shrine” where the parents gets to make all the decisions and the rest of the family follows suit whether they like it or not. But thankfully, all that is beginning to change. For the yorubas every member of the family will always be a part of the family even when they die and that explains why they bury their dead in the house.
It’s disheartening when you hear people talk about their homes negatively but then i understand because they wear the shoes and definitely knows where it pinches them. Even now there is hardly any place where a person may feel more secure and protected from the dangers of the outer​ world but still,most of our pleasant associations are often connected with our homes. For it was there most of us spent the days of our childhood and youth. So, wherever we may roam there’s no place like home.  

The home is often the best school for acquiring noble virtues like sincerity, obedience, sympathy, faithfulness, honesty, sacrifice, self denial. It is from there we learn to be sympathetic, caring, obedient, truthful, and unselfish even though this is not always the point. The devotion and dedication with which mothers take care of the home and their husbands, the strengths, courage, and will powers father’s display in daily life is the highest virtue and it is largely as a result of the influence of the family.
With family we can get through anything especially when the family have a close knit and supports each other at all times. #They will always remain with us.

Whitney Edna Ibe is the Executive Consultant, Life & Mental Health Coach, and Writer/ Editor at Whitney Edna Ibe Consult (Blog), Flyhiee.com, The Social Talk, and Penprofile.com. She is in charge of consultations, services, and implementation. Whitney is a full-time Inspirational Blogger and Writer making a living from this new and active medium. I'm also an author and speaker. She started Whitney Ibe's blog in 2016 after she stumbled on a blog post by the blogger; shattered in him. She fell in love with blogging immediately. She explored issues of religion, relationship, culture, society, spirituality, politics, and music. She is doing what she loves to do, writing and inspiring people to become better versions of themselves. Her goal is to add more value to your world than you ever dreamed possible by providing life-changing, inspiring, motivating articles, blog posts, poetry, and short stories. As a life coach, consultant, Edna is focused on an individual's personal development and happiness. She is skilled at providing structured questions to help coordinate an individual's thoughts and has excellent reasoning skills for assisting clients in setting tangible goals. She is accommodating and not prudent with her knowledge. She knows what she’s doing and loves helping others achieve their goals. Many of the top bloggers on WordPress and various websites have learned from her writing style, and it has helped them get their blogs to where they are now. Her website is full of great material to help you follow in her footsteps. She has helped many bloggers, and I can’t praise her enough.  You will learn so much from her.  She has one of those sites that you can easily get lost in reading her excellent posts. She loves dessert,t especially chocolate mixed with whipped cream and strawberries. She enjoys long walks on the beach.

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