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Home is people

Updated: Nov 17, 2018

My nationality, gender, and sexuality


I associate home more with people than places. That being said, the people that feel like home to me are usually Arab and speak Arabic fluently. I can relate to people that come from the same country more than people that are from different Arab countries but that doesn’t mean I can’t connect with them still. I’m more comfortable around Arabs with the same or a similar accent than mine. When I hear strangers use certain words that are only said by people in the area where I’m from I instantly feel closer to them. There’s something about local lingo that acts as a gateway to deeper connections. Home used to mean safety and security, but not so much anymore. No matter what though it’ll always mean comfort to me. Going home feels like a opening a time capsule these days. It’s interesting to reflect on the boundaries I set for myself from my previous visit.

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