by: Payton Gagon: Brightonian Staff Writer
Everyone has their own little place they love and continue to go back to. For some it may be the mountains, the beach, or even the court or the field they play on. The places that we love and that we feel so comfortable being in, are our sanctuaries or our havens. They’re a place where nothing else matters and a place that you can forget about all the bad going on in the world, and focus on the beauty of life. They’re a place that allows you to feel like you belong. You could have more than one sanctuary or your sanctuary could change, but you will always have that special place in your heart.
My sanctuary or a haven is a place of peace. It may not always be peaceful but that’s the beauty of it. People go in and out of it and some may not even recognize all that it holds. My haven is a place that has captured precious, most unforgettable moments in my life, along with many others. It's a place that’s been changed over the years, but the peace it brings me has always been the same. The colored walls watch as we cry ourselves to sleep, sing songs at the top of our lungs, give thanks to the man who created it all, and as we laugh so hard that we forget about anything but that moment. My sanctuary is the most special place and it holds the most valuable pieces of my life; my family.
In life I’ve been to different places, different countries, and while I’ve loved exploring those new places, I know that I always have a place to come home to. All the money in the world couldn’t replace my haven. When I have a bad day, I can count on it for comfort, or when I have a really good day, my sanctuary is a place where I can express my overwhelming joy! Though everyone leaves this place, they still find their way back to it. It’s like a magnet that pulls you in and wants you to stay. It’s the most welcoming place and the comfort it brings you, can’t be beat.
My sanctuary may be just like yours, or it could be completely different. However, the beauty of it all, is that we have that place that makes us feel safe. You may not think you have a place like that, but your sanctuary is just the place you love most in the world, and a place that will never be forgotten. My sanctuary will forever be in my heart, even when I walk through its doors for the last time. My sanctuary is my home.