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Belonging

A nomad -- I've never had a home! I always tell people -- 20 towns and cities, 2 continents, 44 postal addresses, and I have never returned to live in a house!

I have never had that experience of watching people around me (other than my family) grow and change over the years or watch a house or a tree go from stage to stage and become more beloved as it does.

There was a time perhaps I longed to "belong." But I also realized, watching others, that "belonging" comes with a price. When you "belong to a community" the community needs to stamp you and claim you in some ways. And for me the most wonderful thing about not "belonging" has been that I am free to be who I am. I am free to become whatever I want to be. And I owe no explainations or apologies to anyone for that. I am free to partake in whatever in life or the world or cultures and communites appeals to me. And by the same token, I am also free to object, to resist, to discard, whatever does not deeply resonate as true or authentic with my inner core.

Still, I think sometimes deep inside I still long for a place of 'peace' and 'rest' -- something other than the quiet time I spend with me. An actual place -- a town -- a home. But also a place where I can be free to me just as I am. Where I can be accepted just as I am. That to me is "belonging."

Comments

pooza11's picture

Hey, I loved your attitude.

Hey,
I loved your attitude. You ave written it so nicely and is so inspiring.I am free to be who i am really moved me. I am so encouraged by your this entry and i am sure all the women also.
Plz do keep on motivating me this way

Pooza

Rita Banerji's picture

thank you!

Thank you Pooza for this comment. It IS the ultimate freedom!

Rita Banerji
www.ritabanerji.com

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