You Can Go Home Again and Should.

You Can Go Home Again and Should.

hometownI only get back home a few times a year to see my two brothers and my sister who still live in Oaxaca. There are some days where I get more than a little homesick for my native Mexico. Don’t get me wrong, there’s so much I love about Austin and so much to do here. In fact there aren’t too many places I can imagine that are better than here. There are a heck of a lot of great things about Austin, Texas.

First and foremost, obviously, is Longhorn football. Hook ’em Horns! I know Charlie’s going to get this program right and we’re expecting some big things this year. But I think we all have our expectations tempered enough to know it’s going to take a little time. There’s the food; places like Kerbey Lane Cafe and Franklin’s, even Torchy’s Tacos is pretty darn good.

The Alamo Drafthouse is the best place around to see a movie. Heck we even got a statue and a street named after Willie Nelson. There’s beautiful architecture almost everywhere you look. We got music festivals all year, from South by Southwest to the Austin City Limits fest and everything in between. There’s not much about this town to dislike.

But I think we all miss home from time to time, no matter how terrific our current living situation might be. There’s an inherent need to return home sometimes, if just to ground yourself perhaps. I think we all have that desire to turn around and go back to where you came from. It can recharge the batteries, give you a new outlook on life. Maybe even confront painful memories or happily relive those that make you smile each and every time you’re reminded of them.

I just read an article about how the rock star Sting gave a talk at a TED conference in Vancouver. He performed some songs from his new album and discussed where the songs came from. He had gone home. Back to where he grew up in Northern England. And it inspired him. Sting had discussed how he was creatively empty for a long time. He couldn’t write any new songs or have any desire to do so. He was spent. The new album was a result of his time back home, remembering all the things about his past and they began to stir some things inside of him that led to a resurgence of sorts. Going home sparked a new outlook on his work and his life. I think that’s something we all need from time to time. To go home.

There are so many things I miss about Oaxaca; our food, our culture, all the holidays that we celebrate back home bringing us closer to family and friends. These are all the things I think about when I get homesick and I start to think that the idea of being homesick is the mind’s way of telling you it’s time to recharge the creative batteries. Sure I love Austin, I love living here and all the friends I’ve made and people I’ve met. There’s a reason they say “Keep Austin Weird”, it’s because we do just that everyday. There’s always something new to discover here. But sometimes the discovery of one’s self happens back at home. Every time we’re there I think we can discover something new. Sting re-discovered his muse there. What will you re-discover when you return home?

I’m eager to find out myself. I think it’s time to get on Expedia and see about getting back in time for the Guelaguetza .