Floating between two worlds

Let’s make one thing clear. These ‘worlds’ may not necessarily be two different physical spaces. Do you feel that the persona you’re known for at work, and your identity outside of the workplace, are entirely different? Or maybe you’ve managed to build up an entire online persona that is miles away from how people who know you in the non-virtual world would describe you. Heck, you don’t even know which one you can confidently call your ‘true’ identity.
The migrant experience surely tests this notion. Migrants have to navigate between two different sets of cultures, mentalities, rules, regulations, customs, and whatnot. They are quasi-outsiders in a liminal zone, trying to find a comprehensive identity that is the sum of these two separate experiences. They are trying to foray into a brave new world, while, at the same time, attempting to find a sense of familiarity in the smallest of things. It’s no easy feat.
Before anyone starts commenting or debating the migrant experience, I sincerely invite you to spend some time reflecting on the incongruencies and the conflict of identities present in everyday life. Maybe that confusion can serve as a spark that ignites the flame of empathy for the individuals around you who are striving to create a new life for themselves.

One thought on “Floating between two worlds

  1. First of all congratulations on being able to formulate your thoughts into such a pleasantly written article. The way we think about immigrants (in my mind, the word migrant has too many negative connotations) and culture and identity can be a highly emotional issue, but it’s one that deserves examining. At the same timemust avoid the trap of thinking about individuals in terms of their perceived backgrounds and experiences.

    I tend to think it’s worth keeping in mind that countries and nationality are only social constructs which do not physically exist, and in particular that from a biological perspective we are all of the same race. Once this is accepted then we will realise our responsibility is towards the planet as a whole and not to an arbitrary part or aspect of it… and perhaps we would be more celebratory of our quasi-outsiders.

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