I was trying to analyze the lyrics of this amazing song. It is true. No matter where you go in the world, no matter how much you love travelling, it is always a pleasure and might I add, safer feeling, to go back to that one place where everybody knows you, where you feel you belong, where people have the same problems that you do and you smile with tears in your eyes and say "yes, misery does love company", where everybody knows your name!
I just felt like I HAD to mention this one episode of FRIENDS that has a reference to the Cheers theme song; Joey goes to London with his friends to attend Ross's wedding to Emily, and within just a day, he starts feeling homesick, and there you see him watching an episode of Cheers and turning sad as soon as he hears the "where everybody knows your name" part of the song.
In these places that are ours, people face the same challenges, they have the same jobs, they share the same joys, they like the same food, they breathe the same air, they have the same aspirations...as we do. And that helps us create a comfortable environment around us, this safety net or bubble around us. When thrown out of such an environment, the popular phrase "fish out of water" is used, because that is how one feels, like their safety bubble has been burst. Now, there are people who like to challenge themselves and so try going out of their comfort zone time and again, on purpose. For them, the emotional connect to places or people that we call our own, would not be as high as others.
I went back to visit my workplace of almost 8 years a few days back, and this song fits that situation to a T. Everyone knows me there, understands me and my background and are glad to see me. Know what the best part of such places are? You can recreate them. Of course that takes a lot of investment of time and interest, but you can turn your new place, like a new work place, or new apartment, or new city halfway across the world, into your own and lo and behold, it now becomes another place where EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME!