‘I am not from here, nor from there’.
As mentioned in my ‘About’ page, my background and roots are diverse. Both sides of grandparents were migrants, seeking a better life for themselves in other countries.
My mother is English. Her parents Irish. My father was Greek whose father was Russian and mother a ‘Pontian’ Greek (or otherwise Pontic), an ethnically Greek group who traditionally lived in the region of Pontus, on the shores of the Black Sea.
I was born in London, England, and have lived in England, Greece and now Ireland.
In a case such as mine, the concept of ‘identity’, as a notion stemming from a sense of belonging to a country , race, a set of traditions or attributes associated with a region, take on a very different perspective.
This diversity is undoubtedly a source of ‘wealth’ but a wealth that does not come cheaply. Meaning that a sense of seeking for aspects of identity that are inherent in a sense of ‘belonging’ is not always an easy journey.
Colorful, intriguing, arousing in me at least, a sense of curiosity and a need to explore, to expand horizons, to have question marks laid to rest.
One day, someday.