Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Diaspora Mom 1


Thoughts of a diaspora-mom, woman of color, American, South Asian, Indian, maternal feminist & humanist---1
It’s when we travel/meet people different & diverse from us, that some of the titles/nomenclatures we read/or hear about when we were growing up, about other women, and their experiences, or terms and theoretical constructions employed in literature, history, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, economics, STEM disciplines, and add to these the events and movements of contemporary times, the most recent being the Women's March in DC and other cities, and also add to it our personal lives, stories, histories, experiences that we can just about begin to think about who we are... For what do we stand? What or for whom do we speak? What is it that represents us, or that we reoresent? And how much, and to what extent are we going to let things and others define us? At the end of it all, if we can begin to understand, discuss, learn, question, analyze, and most critically have conversations with ourselves, on how to improve ourselves within or without, whatever definitions we wish to hold ourselves, then perhaps there is hope for us…
And while I write this from the perspective of a woman, however, it is applicable to all, for as a historian by training, I visualize everything, especially history, from a tunnel aspect...our beginning point being A with Z being the end, which we don’t know when and how that will be. Thus if we are looking backwards, and try to connect the dots, there are some misses, some gains, sometimes one or the other being more….but if we can connect those dots well enough to keep the connections/processes going, it means we can have a reasonable level of understanding of ourselves and others, those in our life and not (public figures). Try it…in your mind…look backwards and connect the dots of your life. Also try to visualize the tunnel forward to “Z” and plan where you would like to be at the end…having done that then plan things backwards from “Z” to where you are currently. This will help you to plan a reasonable level of satisfied and peaceful life from now onward.
You can have sparkles or none, sufficient lights or blaring, darkness or dimness, smooth ground to walk upon or not, shouting or not….quiet, calm, laughter, freedom, breaths to take and those that take your breath away…it depends upon us…
And one final thought, if in our journeys, from and to, and back, if we have people in our life who make us feel warm, protected, safe, strong, and peaceful…that is the real sparkle in life…
Me, a diaspora, woman of color, American, South Asian, Indian, maternal feminist & humanist, on the journey to making my life better, thankful for my son, family and friends who make all of the above a possibility and reality…


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