Moving countries, even when returning home is quite challenging. Author and all-around bad-ass, Taiye Selasi said: "I am often asked if I plan to go back to Ghana. I go to Accra every year, but I can’t go back to Ghana. […] We can never go back to a place and find it as we left it."
Being back in the village where I grew up, I find that nothing is quite the same. The buildings and buses are revamped and shiny, and I don't recognize the faces of the drivers. Kids I once taught dance lessons to and babysat are teenagers now, some towering over me in height. I am constantly being reminded that my friends and I are now adults, though I am not sure I have earned that identity marker quite yet. My home feels familiar, yet is full of new faces and facades. I am looking for the little space I used to occupy, but after five years I realize it no longer exists. It has grown over with moss and lichen, filled with bits of soil and rock.
This makes think of the place I have left behind, my home for the past five years - the people, patterns, and places. It may be warm with the memory of me yet, but soon it will also grow over and be filled too. I guess this is the nature of endings and the beginnings they spill into - a constant state of melancholic reflection. Mulling over moments past, images of streets and stories whizzing through my mind. While also trying to be present and appreciate the start of this new stage in my life, to be open to what it may bring.
In that vein I think it is time to begin a new round of 100 Days of Positive Thinking. In this time of transition, I find myself in need of reminders of simple things that have either broadened my mind, made me smile or fed my inner Petty Labelle. Here is my list for today:
1. Daddy Moments with LaGuardia Cross and his two little girls.
2. Zerina Akers's wardrobe is to die for! Taking som skin care tips from her too.
3. I am convinced that Zadie Smith and I are operating on the same wave-length, since this piece of her's on Lynette Yiadom-Boakye dropped today and I wrote one on the artist (though hardly comparable) a few days ago.
4. In Living Colour's parody ft. Jim Carrey as Snow singing "Informer" has me laughing so hard.
5. The way Kofi Siriboe stans for black women.
6. Donna Summer was baddd.
What's made you smile, chuckle, and/or learn something new today?