I know this is going to sound strange, but I miss my fireplace. It’s not that kind of feeling where you know you’ll be happy when you can have something again, like good Chinese food or an hour with your favorite LP on vinyl. It’s that ache that you get in the depths of your soul that won’t be satisfied until you get home to be reunited with a loved one.
I think it’s because I miss the time in front of the fire, just thinking about my day. It’s a weird form of pseudo-meditation because I feel relaxed after sitting in front of my fireplace at home. It’s almost as rejuvenating as a visit to the spa, but it costs a lot less and you don’t have to listen to some smarmy attendant talk about how awesome her job is while giving me that judgmental look that says, “I bet you look horrible naked.”
I might love the road, but God – I miss my fireplace.
A Substitute Fireplace Just Doesn’t Work!
Why don’t you just book a room or borrow someone’s fireplace while you’re on the road?
Trust me – I’ve asked myself the same question dozens of times. I’ve attempted to sit in front of some of the very finest fires that likely cost thousands of dollars to install. I’ve even tried sitting by a wood-burning stove one cold evening when I was really missing home! Instead of getting that relaxing feeling where the world seems to melt away, I end up missing home more than ever.
I think it’s more about my home routine than anything else. When I’m out on the road, I’ve got certain things that have to be done. When I’m at home, none of those worries exist. I’m already in the right state of mind for thought melting goodness and maybe that’s what I’m missing more than the fireplace itself.
Even so, I would pay anything right now to be at home, to feel the warmth on my face, and to listen to the popping of the wood as it gently burns down into hot coals.
I Think I Miss My Creativity Too
The quality of my work seems to be better when I’m at home too and though I’ve often been told the fatigue of the road is responsible for this – it might be true. I feel more powerful in front of my fireplace because I feel like my creativity is at its best. I can solve problems with ease. I can come up with fantastic ideas!
I can’t do anything about it right now, but here’s my plan: I’m going to take a video of my fireplace the next time I’m at home and take that video with me on the road. An iPhone fireplace might not be the same thing, but at least it’ll be a taste of home that will be with me wherever I go… assuming I don’t accidentally delete it!
God I miss my fireplace, but I guess that’s a good thing if you think about it.