So this has been a long time coming… Welcome to my first blog ever, folks! I have been meaning to start blogging for over a year now, and in fact, many of my close friends have been encouraging me to do so for even longer. Life gets busy and we end up waiting for the “perfect time” to come around. Well, I’m tired of waiting so here goes.. something!
For my first blog entry (can I say entry? *note to self: must learn blogging lingo*), I want to share my top 5 reasons for why I’ve decided to start blogging.
1. Need a medium to let out my voice. Being an anthropologist, I find myself always digging for more in every situation. Always analyzing the world I live in and critically thinking about my cultural surroundings. I tend to have a lot of opinions and need a place to share my world views.
So why not just keep a personal diary you ask? Well, because of this…
2. Ubuntu Philosophy – a Nguni Bantu (South African language) term roughly translating to human kindness & evolution; something I strongly believe in. According to Michael Onyebuchi Eze,
“It is a demand for a creative intersubjective formation in which the other becomes a mirror for my subjectivity. This idealism suggests to us that humanity is not embedded in any person solely as an individual; my humanity is co-substantively bestowed upon the other and me. Humanity is a quality we owe to each other. We create each other and need to sustain this otherness creation. And if we belong to each other, we participate in our creations: we are because you are, and since you are, definitely I am.”
Therefore, ubuntu is an ideal concept that recognizes intersubjectivity in human learning and relations. Whatever I have to say about the world is actually influenced by the world I live in and the people in my life. This knowledge is not mine, but ours, and if I feel the need to express something then that should not be kept private, but must be shared.
3. Improve my writing. With university out of the way, I have more free time to write for myself now and not for an academic institution. Hopefully this will help to expand my writing style.
4. Creative writing – Having a writing outlet can be a motivation to share my creative writing pieces; mostly poetry.
5. Finally, to start something new. I want to experience myself doing something new and see how it might change me. Join me on this new journey!
Tune in for some thought-provoking blogs, poetry, & creative adventures. Peace & Love for 2015!