“Being in a multicultural environment in childhood is going to give you intuition, reflexes and instincts. You may acquire basic responsiveness later on, but it’s never going to be as spontaneous as when you have been bathing in this environment during childhood.”
The one thing I appreciate most about my family and my upbringing is the diversity it afforded me by virtue of culture. Alhamdulillah. My lineage is beautifully concocted with Somali, Ethiopian and Italian bloodlines. Through marriage, I have Arab, Swahili, Indian, Borana, Guyanese & German relatives. I’ve had very close Seychellois, Peruvian, Kikuyu, Kamba, British, Rwandese and American family friends. We were all black, white, brown, yellow, tan, fake tan. . . I’ve grown up celebrating all manner of cultural festivities, dressing in different tribal attire, enjoying eclectic home cooked meals from all over the world and loving the influence in my acceptance, tolerance, understanding, boldness, reasoning relations and appreciation. They have all contributed to my acculturation and play a part in the woman I am today. The differences have enriched my life on many different levels. As much as I may crack a culturally stereotypical joke here and there, my multicultural appreciation is robust and open. Being exposed to all these people, traditions, beliefs and customs has been a blessing. There’s always so much to learn, so much to explore, so much to experience. Everything is multicolored and multilateral and so very rich. I wouldn’t have it any other way.