Complicated identities

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We need not have on category that fit in

We can have complicated identities

As a result of living in various countries

Speaking various languages

Having various roles

We can fit in many different worlds

Instead of being worried because we don’t

Fully fit in one box

We should be happy

We fit in a few boxes

That doesn’t dilute our identity

It enriches it

 

November 18th, 2018

Where are you from?

imageWhere are you from

Is a much more complicated question

To answer now-a-days

In our shrinking world

Where we move easily from one country to the next

Where staying in the same city you were born in is rare

Where are you from

Is harder to answer

 

Where am I from?

Or where have I lived most of my life?

Where am I from?

What will that say about me?

It puts me in a comfortable category

But it won’t tell you who I am completely or

What experiences I’ve had

Where am I from?

I’ll tell you where as long as you don’t

Put me in a box or make assumptions

Which are not true

Where am I from?

The answer is not simple at all

 

November 17th, 2018

I belong

We feel the need to belong

To be accepted

To be similar to those around us

To fit in

But what if we embrace otherness

Accept the uniqueness of our experiences

The difference in the colour of our skin

Or the country we come from

Realizing that underneath

All these seeming differences

We are one

We all come from Africa

The devisions we have created 

Are manmade

Differences can be good if we accept them

And are aware of the underlying oneness

I belong to the human family

And my experiences in life

Make me the unique human being that I am

And that uniqueness

That otherness

Is on the surface

Deep inside we are all one

And when I understand that 

I will feel like I belong

No matter where I am

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Belonging

 

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We all want to belong

It’s a little harder when you are visibly or obviously

The odd one out

But that sense of belonging

Comes from within

It’s not always imposed from outside

If I feel like I belong

I act like I belong

And most people will treat me

Like I belong

Yes, there are times when others

Can make me feel like the odd one out

By what they say or what they do

But most of the time

How I see myself is the key, what counts

 

 

Home

A trip away from home gave me a new perspective

A trip to the other side of the world brought me closer to my home

We take so much for granted and I’m no exception 

It’s hard to know what you have till it’s gone

Montreal may have long brutal winters

Lots of potholes and unending construction

But it’s the city of culture

In Montreal, all races and nationalities live side by side

Our lives are made richer this way

There is much variety and

We’re exposed to different perspectives and ideas

Montreal is a city of art, music, theatre and sports

It’s the city of writers and poets

It’s a place one can be inspired and thrive

It took me going to a land far off

To appreciate what I have at home

To appreciate friendships I’ve made over the years

Having lived in Montreal for seventeen years 

This is the place I call home now

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October 14th, 2108

Writing

I write to sort out my thoughts and figure things out

What do others do who don’t write?

I write to relax and recuperate

What do others do who don’t write?

I write to express myself

What do others do who don’t write?

I write to go to a placeless place and explore

What do others do who don’t write?

I write to breathe out, to exhale

What do others do who don’t write?

I write to bring joy into my life

What do others do who don’t write?

I write to go to my place of calm

What do others do who don’t write?

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October 14th, 2018

A new beginning

 

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A new notebook 

As I embark on a new adventure 

A new beginning 

A new phase in my life

 

Venturing south

Seeking the sun

Looking for community 

Looking for camaraderie

 

As my children begin to fly away

It’s time for me to look around

Assess things

And start new ventures as well

 

There is sadness in loss

But joy in new possibilities 

 

It’s time to give in a different way

To be of service in a different way

 

I see the open road in front of me

And I’m ready to embark on this journey

 

October 2nd, 2018