In one holiday, I became responsible beyond home, trustworthy, and gained a lot of credibility with Mama and ultimately my parents, too. This new status would serve me well later when I wanted to go out on dates, away for college, even move to New York.
Will he be isolated, with no friends because he can't talk to them the way they talk to each other? Will his needs be overlooked when he is in the care of others because they can't understand what he is trying to say through signing? How will he find his place in the world and will his voice ever really be heard and valued?
Not defined by ethnicity and history but unquestionably heavily influenced. Understanding that the story of black and white division through time is not always black and white.
I felt betrayed, anxious and alone. Despite having lived in seven different countries around the world, I have never felt so unwelcome as I did on the day the vote results were announced. I was so ready to pack up the bags and leave.
I recently received a message from a psychologist in a large Australian prison. She has been printing my blogs and handing them out to prisoners as "a beacon of hope for change". This got me thinking about the role of hope and optimism in my own life and personal transformation.
All is not as it seems
The 'Weekend Hashtag Project' from Instagram is a photographic feature every week with designated themes and hashtags for
Regardless of whether you're an entrepreneur, employed or a student, as a young person with less experience than your peers, you'll be familiar with situations where you feel intimidated by authority figures and unworthy of your youthful opinion. Fear can stop us from speaking up and sharing our ideas to avoid making a mistake or sounding stupid.
It is a good thing to keep a childlike wonder about this world. Life can get mundane and when it does, go out and try something new. Take a bit of time, that time you would take if you were on vacation, to see your surroundings in a new light. Travel a bit in whatever way you can and from wherever you stand.
I am seeing the huge value in the reminder the eclipse offered that we are absolutely part of a bigger picture. That there are systems at play that are bigger than the concerns of our own individual lives.