Motherland...

Wow... it’s been a while... almost too long... left with a blank slate, sort of... not sure where and how to start.

A few days ago, while I found myself restless in the office, I decided to take a walk... the weather was hot and humid... as a friend suggested, I started to breathe... inhaled the hotness and exhaled it out, oh so good... then I thought to myself, what’s going on... I haven’t been writing for the longest time... I had no incentive whatsoever these past few weeks, but that was one of the only ways that could rescue me from my restlessness... so I opened this page and started to share the occurrences of my mind but never posted it until now...

The past month or so has been full of news... I hate to say this, but it's mostly been bad news... my motherland went through a lot of hardship, to put it mildly... the election which resulted in some of the most controversial post-revolutionary news... the one that made me - and everyone else - wonder until when our people should suffer from the injustice, the lies and yet more lies... this was an eye-opener for me and others like me in diaspora for over a decade... it made me realize that no matter how far we live, we are still a part of that land... we still care about our compatriots, our brothers and sisters who put themselves in grave danger while fighting their rights... so today, I started writing for them... for those who made me the proudest in the past month... no matter how hopeless or disillusioned we all felt...

Today I salute you and your courage and send you a big smile, a much bigger open heart and the biggest wish for hope.

S