So for my first post I thought it might be a good idea for me to introduce myself. I will remain anonymous but for the purpose of this window into my life, you will know me as Nel. Despite my anonymity, all of the experiences, thoughts, reflections, and opinions I speak about will be my own. I assume you will know me pretty well as you join me on this journey. By no means am I a professional writer but I do value the power, strength, and beauty of words. I find that I express myself better when I write things down; so here we are.
I am a 23 year old, mixed, woman of color. My ethnicity is a little messy with connections of South African, German, Black (which I only found out a few days ago but we will get to that a little later), Namibian, British, and I’m sure little portions of other things I don’t even know. The messiest part comes when we begin the conversation about identification, let alone how I am identified by society or where I fit in. All and all, in the simplest form, I am mixed. This is the beginning stages of me working through a lot of things to understand who I am, where I came from, and what I represent.
I started this blog because through conversations about these things I realize that my experiences can be relatable by other people that identify as mixed. In addition to that, there are overarching themes that unite the experiences of persons of color as a whole. There comes a time in all of our lives when we have to find ourselves. When we come to an understanding of how our existence on earth makes the world a better place. The other day I was speaking with someone very close to me about this and they quoted Alexander Hamilton saying, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”
I am sure this blog will evolve as I do, but my goals for the moment are to follow along with my growth and self discovery, be a point of relation and community for others, and to inspire and have some kind of positive impact on others through sharing my story.
Thank you for joining me on this journey.