A personal reflection:
It’s a new year once again and it’s a time to remember that we’re not getting any younger. Time is something we can’t take back so we must value every moment of it.
Welcoming a new year is symbolic in my mind. I entered 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden, spending a beautiful, quiet evening watching city fireworks with my best friend. The new year often feels fresh and encourages self reflection. As I wrap up 2014 and enter 2015 I take it as a moment to find myself again. When I say find myself, I mean reflect upon my identity. When I say ‘identity’, I mean who I am but also where I’m from. By ‘where I’m from’ I mean ‘where’s home?’.
Over the past 2 years I’ve lived temporarily in Jakarta, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur and moved to work in Singapore. I love it. But it can get overwhelming at times because my heart feels scattered across the world. With technology these days, we’re able to stay connected no matter where we are. With Skype I’m able to still be in touch a good friend I met in Hong Kong, who now lives in London. She shared this TED Talk with me and it really resonated with me…
Pico Iyer talks about how he as a ‘global citizen’ grapples with the simple yet existential question: “Where do you come from?”
It’s one I struggle with as well.
The population of people living in countries that are not their own is at least 220 million. He talks about this population as a floating tribe that does not necessarily identify with one sole nation state. That number is growing with the rapid increase in people travelling the world the floating tribe is getting larger. Along with that individual identities will be ever more diverse and complex.
But, no matter where we are or where we’re going the one thing that holds true is that we’re all human and we belong to this world. We are all global citizens. And home…
Home is where you stand in your heart. It’s what keeps you going. It’s your purpose.
For 2015 I challenge all of you including myself to remember where is home and find your purpose.
Home is not physical place to me anymore. What about you?
© 2014 GLOBALCITIZENSAM