Mosaic art is made of tiny pieces arranged to be pleasing to the eye.
The artist chooses which pieces he wants to include. It’s the vision of the artist and the choice of the pieces and the arrangement that turns discards into art.
We are the creators of our present and future.
We can choose the best pieces of our past to be part of our present reality.
Global nomads can choose all the best parts of their wandering life to turn their story into a beautiful mosaic.
All the best relationships. All the best traditions. All the best foods.
Obviously, there will have to be adjustments. There will have to be tweaks. All the ingredients won’t be available for cheap right at your fingertips. You will have to work harder to keep up the friendships. You might be standing alone in your traditions, without the support of the surrounding community.
But. You get to choose.
Better yet. You get to choose all the best parts.
You can let go of all the negative and keep the good.
What a gift you have.
You know more than one way to do life.
You’ve observed and participated in different paradigms.
You can contrast and compare like a student of English doing an essay.
You can celebrate the mosiac of your past.
You can introduce your community of today to the richness of your yesterday.
We do that without thinking, don’t we?
We get hungry for foods we used to eat. So we research, track down the ingredients, bring back the taste of our past and invite our friends. Suddenly, our nomadic life has enriched our present reality.
But, we can do it intentionally, too.
We can purpose to identify the best parts of our past and release the negative.
We can re-establish the traditions that we love.
We can even change the pace of our life to reflect a saner way of living.
With a little reflection, we can pinpoint what we miss and figure out some way to re-create it.
I don’t want to diminish the losses. I think they should be grieved.
But, when that hard work is done, or significant progress is made, I think it’s time to celebrate.
Be grateful for the gifts of the past. Choose the best parts and make them a part of your joyous present.
Your life and your future is in your hands. You can make it what you want it to be. You have the privilege of knowing different cultures.
Embrace all the pieces of your identity and celebrate the best parts.