I may have left the country of my birth, but I will always have a bit of South Africa in me. It shows through my accent, my manner of speaking, my beliefs, and even in the precautions that I make. Living in South Africa and experiencing most of my life there has shaped who I am and the choices that I have made in the past – and continue to make even now. A part of the South Africa I grew up in resides within me.
I have lived in the city of Toronto for ten years now and I feel that the city has also left its mark on me. I have learned to live within a city in a two bedroom apartment. I have forgone the space and the lifestyle I grew up with; I no longer see large stretches of veld on the horizon. I experience the life of a pedestrian now more than I did before – an experience that causes me to structure my time in a different way.
The home of my past and the home of my present both influence me. Would I like to change the mark that both have left on me? I think not as without their mark, I would not be the person who I am now.
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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
(This post was written for the FMF 31 day challenge hosted by Kate Motaung. Today’s prompt is: leave)