“When you let go of who you are, you become who you might be.” ~Rumi. . . Do you think letting go of who you are and adopting an identity of a “global nomad” is a natural consequence of living a life on the move? Or do you think holding on to who you are, no matter where you are living, describes you better? . . I’m the curious kid, always going to the edge, constantly straddling East meets West. I feel like I don’t let go completely of who I am, but I do feel like the perfect chameleon sometimes, changing my colors depending on which part of the world I’m in. In the East, I start my mornings with strong chai and breakfast on spicy omelets. I sit cross-legged on the floor, eat rice with my hands and instinctively cover my head when I hear the call to prayer ring out through the neighborhood mosque. In the West, I am more attuned to my own needs. I start my mornings with a cafe latte, breakfast on bread and cheese, walk to work, and relish sitting alone in cafes. In my head, I feel perfectly at home in both, but when I’m in one or the other for extended periods of time, the cracks soon begin to appear on the surface. The questions start in my head again and I wonder: am I belonging in one, while erasing the other? . . Today, I finally understand that the East and West both live within me. Continually moving has meant having to see society from differing viewpoints which has resulted in a rich blend of cultures between East and West. It does not mean I am losing who I am; it just means I am constantly redefining and renegotiating who I am. Does any of this sound familiar to you too?
School is in session!!! The desk is a little small & I forgot my pencil. Good thing the assignment is easy to remember 😂 You never know what you may find when traveling... this was one year ago (2018) in Dublin. I played homeschool- hooky with a dear friend. Instead of breaking out the schoolbooks, we took to our feet as tourists. Only we didn’t take our kids. Here’s what I learned on my wordschool adventure 🤔 1. While I LOVED every second of our trip, and the ease of traveling without children, As a homeschooler my heart ached to share my experiences with the family. Every place we went, I longed to show my kids so we could remember things together. 2. We are not stuck in this life. Maybe right now we are not the globetrotting family we want to be. But that’s where goals come in. We know we want to travel. We are our best selves when we are on the road. So we will simply set the priority and start steering our ship in that direction 3. You can learn so much more through experience than you can in a textbook. Travel is a life skill that I want to impart to my kids. Not just how to navigate airports and count foreign currencies, but how to engage new people, learn about their customs, understand their values, their joys and their struggles. 4. Who says education has to look like a bunch of standardized tests? Why must we learn French from a book when we could immerse ourselves in France? Why recite historical facts when we can walk the ground where history unfolded? Why shouldn’t education be a portfolio of experiences, assimilated thoughts and deep understanding? Who says learning only counts if it’s in the form of a test? 5. I also learned that the family that learns together, stays together. Traveling families weave together a beautiful tapestry of shared impressions, experiences and ideas that they can collectively draw upon for the rest of their lives! 🙌 So I determined that while my kids are still under my roof, we will embark on this
. Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.