"A sense of place is the sixth sense, an internal compass and map made by memory and spatial perception together.” —Rebecca Solnit
Liverpool, New York
You are walking with your eyes closed. It’s very strange, however, the way you confidently take each step even though you’re missing one of the most crucial senses of all. The place that you are walking through seems very familiar. In fact, this is the place that you know better than anywhere else in the world. You begin to walk quicker, more swiftly, and without hesitation. As you begin to slip into your comfort zone, you open your eyes to discover that you are not in this place at all. You are actually hundreds of miles away in a room that bares no resemblance to the place that recall in such detail.
After living in the same area for an extended amount of time, it is safe to say that most people can experience this phenomenon. It is caused by developing a sense of place. In my case, I have developed a sense of place within my hometown of Liverpool, New York. It is clear to me that Liverpool is, and always will be, my true home. I can see it everywhere I go in town. It’s in the trees that I have known since I was a young child. It’s in the friendly faces that I see pass me by. It’s in the scents that my nose picks up as I’m walking through the Village.
Liverpool has helped mold me into the person that I am today. From a very young age, I was influenced by various activities within the towns parks system. Present day, I am still an avid user and supporter of my town’s parks. I now take advantage of them for use of their fitness trails. It was amazing to see how many people within the community frequented the trails, and we all had an unsung connection to each other as a whole. This experience helped me realize that a place is more than just an area. It is much more organic. A place helps form who a person is, in addition to people helping form what the place is.