Inuufk: birthday, birthplace
Inuuinni Pilluarit: birthday greeting
Hey, hey. It doesn’t feel like an extra special day, just an ordinary-special day. But today I happen to be older.
For every person who sent me a wish from near or far, my heartfelt thank you! Your kind words echo in my heart, they form a song for my soul. Like I just said, it really feels like a normal day but hearing these messages coming from all corners of the earth reminds me that I am cared and loved for.
My heart longs to be in the physical presence of my friends and family in Toronto and Vancouver, but what a blessing to be moulded, impacted, shaped by people who are different than me in age, background, culture. I hope to continue to learn and emulate patience, bravery, and kindness in both words and actions from strangers and close friends.
And what a blessing to be in Greenland today! I really am doing what I love, in a place that I love.
To the tender hearts of people who fill personal holes and crevices of doubt and anxiety, write letters back to me, encourage me day-in-day-out, and inspire me with/without realizing… thank you for being light – food for my soul, a warm and safe place for my heart and mind. I am ocean-deep grateful!
As a personal “challenge”, I am committing to several small and big changes this year, which I hope will continue in years to come. It requires me to be more mindful and intentional about the ways I spend my time and money. In no particular order,
(i) not buying new clothes, unless it’s second hand or swapped/used (exception new underwear and bras)
Traveling for years, living out of bags, backpacks, suitcases, makes me think about all the clothes I don’t need just sitting at home. I can easily live with a lot less, and wanting not needing to buy clothes is falling prey to consumerism. I know I can happily (and gratefully) live with what I have and finding what I need from used clothing!
(ii) reading only books written by people of colour and other marginalized voices aka non-white & male authors (exception already Kindle purchased books on backlog to finish reading)
This came about from several different conversations and it seems like such a fitting challenge – I’ve been searching for new reads lately and I really believe it’s a way to explore the world through different lens and authors who come from such diverse walks of life. Also making space for poetry and spoken word!
(iii) saying no as much as possible to plastic (straws, cutlery, bags)
I do try, but I still value convenience in so many circumstances (which leads me to unnecessarily using plastic). Again, it’s about being mindful and bringing my own reusables (handy spork and travel mug to avoid avoidable-waste). I feel like this is more like a re-commitment.
(iv) carbon offsetting for flights
This is something I’ve wanted to and have been meaning to for a long time. It’s seriously time I commit to carbon offsetting for my flights. There’s still some research to be done to make sure I am giving to an organization that makes “additional” contributions (money going to projects that would have otherwise not been possible without the extra funding). Any advice?!
This list might grow as the days and month progress!
“I want to taste and glory in each day, and never be afraid to experience pain; and never shut myself up in a numb core of non feeling, or stop questions and criticizing life and take the easy way out. To learn and think: to think and live; to live and learn: this always, with new insight, new understanding and new love” – Sylvia Plath