It has been a month since my Philippines trip. Time goes by so fast! Just as Brené Brown puts it, "Time is our most valuable nonrenewable resource." Last time I was in the homeland was 2006, so it was most definitely a long overdue trip. I spent 3 weeks connecting with family, the land, and my language. I did minimal touristy things and ventured locally in the Philippines capital, Manila, and in my mother's province, Nasipit. I adjusted to the hot and humid weather, the lack of running water, and limited air conditioning access. It was quite the culture shock! However, I realized the power in our innate ability to adapt and adjust. Connecting to my roots was healing on so many levels. Being born and growing up away from the homeland has its challenges. The disconnection with my people and language have its effect, so I need to work towards bridging the gap - finding connection that transcends distance: a sense of connection you can feel anywhere and anytime; the process of self-love ♥
Connecting to my roots, honoring where I came from, being content with where I am, and open to where I am going is my current process. Now, let's see where this ride will take me. What does it mean for you to connect to your roots?