It’s been quite some time since I’ve put the virtual pen to paper. Many of you know that when there are long stretches of silence from me that usually means I’m doing poorly in my mental health. Luckily, that isn’t the case this time. Of course, there is the severe lack of motivation that COVID isolation has brought and that’s something I’m struggling with. I’ve come to the conclusion that I like the idea of having time off, but any long stretches of down time generally result in laziness in my part.
I’m sure a few of you have been waiting for me to complete the stories that I have from the last time I was in Palestine, and after having given it some thought I’ve decided that I’m not going to push forward with that. I’ve told the stories that I feel are important, and I don’t think there’s anything else that I can add to it. Of course, a story may pop out of me at a later date and I’ll share that with you.
Which brings us to the next subject: where this blog is going. For awhile now I’ve been exasperated by the media/stories/narratives that have surrounded Palestine and Palestinians. I’m frustrated that all the media ever presents of Palestine/Palestinians is about the Occupation and the terrible shit that comes with it. While I think it’s extraordinarily important for those stories to get out, I think it’s equally as important to get to know Palestine as a country and Palestinians as people. There is a wealth of amazing art, poetry, literature, music, dance, food that NEVER gets talked about because the Occupation eclipses that – and I can’t help but consider that a genocidal act.
(To dive deeper on this topic, check out Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED talk on The Danger of a Single Story)
Going forward, for a little while at least, I’m going to be focusing on bringing you this amazing things that Palestine and Palestinians have to offer. I want you to get to know the land, the people and the culture as I’ve had the privilege to and to LOVE it as much as I do!
So… here we go!