Wednesday, September 10, 2008

About Me...Where Do I Begin?

When I think of who I am, I think of many things. For starters, I see myself as a woman, an American, my parents' oldest child, my siblings' big sister, and a friend. Then I think of myself a first generation American with Indian immigrant parents. I know that at first glance, most people see a woman with brown skin, who may or may not be an American. Once upon a time, I used to feel insecure about this perception. Now, I don't have to make excuses about my identity to anyone, and I don't have to limit myself to one category. Thankfully, we live in a country that is more accepting of people defining themselves with multiple labels. At the very least, it is not as strange as it used to be.

I was born and raised in New Jersey, and yet I have never thought of myself as a "Jersey Girl." While I currently live in the suburbs of my birth state, I have also had the privilege of living in New York City, London, and Indonesia for certain periods of time. As a closeted "wanderlust addict," I strongly believe that living and traveling in other countries is the best education a person can have, but not everyone may agree with me on that theory.

Since becoming a member of The Women's Mosaic (TWM), I have also learned how important sisterhood is in my life. TWM's concept of unity and diversity co-existing and flourishing together is something I can fully understand and embrace in my own life. Because of my natural restlessness, I may succumb to my nomadic impulses and live abroad again. Even if I leave the U.S.A. to work and live elsewhere, I will always be connected to my family, my friends, and TWM. I am so glad to be a part of an organization that really speaks to me!

1 comment:

Zanade said...

You are an amazing woman and you have lots to say. Great work on the blog and I am sure I will be blogging very soon!

Zanade

www.justmezanade.blogspot.com







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