If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?@ifyoudigitdoit
Canada, Iceland, or Alaska.
Some days I think to myself, “I’m proud to be Puerto Rican. I’m proud to be Taíno.” But the more I think about it, I realize how silly it is to care so much about where I was born and where my parents are from and whose blood runs through me. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate culture, and I thoroughly enjoy learning about my ancestors and all the social norms and customs that go along with it, and I do understand that it does in fact bear importance to a degree, but the fact that we create subgroups for human beings bothers me a little bit. I wish there was a way to fully appreciate people for who they are and explore different cultures to nourish your curiosity without people throwing the words “racist” or “appropriation” around. Cultures are meant to be appreciated and experienced, not separated and blocked off. Part of visiting other countries is enveloping yourself in that particular culture. It’s fun to learn new things. In my experience with this, it is highly encouraged. Even if you don’t really know what you’re doing, your effort to learn and understand these people and their part of the world is always smiled upon. The World is a big place, and I feel like it’s our duty to experience all it has to offer. You can try new foods. You can wear new clothes. You can speak other languages. You can learn to greet each other a million different ways. Travel. Immerse yourself in different cultures. Learn their customs. Don’t be ignorant to the way other people live their lives. Expand your mind. We are all people, nothing more or any less, and the sooner we can break down these imaginary walls between us, the better.
I’m thankful for dogs, peanut butter, and Radiohead, in that order.