For the Global Souls

You are the bridge builders and the listeners, the ones who understand what it is to live between.

You are the border crossers and the visa holders, the ones who say goodbye to a million friends, and make a million more.

You are the sorters and the packers, putting a world into a suitcase – the ones who know that packing up a suitcase and packing up a life are two different things. Into one you put your belongings, into the other – you pack your heart.

You are the language learners and the mistake makers, the ones who try to sort out grammar and idioms, ruefully accepting the good natured laughs that your language skills provoke.

You are the world news gatherers, catching your breath as you hear about a tragedy across oceans and continents that affect the people and places you love. Praying and hoping as you await news beyond the headlines.

You are the challengers of stereotypes, knowing that “No one is a single story.”*

You are the defender of accents, the one who knows that limited language ability does not mean limited intellectual ability; the one who knows that accents are the badges of honor in a world that needs connecting.

You are the ones who know the strength of ‘saudade’ and have cried tears of longing for what no longer exists.

You are the ones who can bargain for the best produce in five languages yet get paralyzed in the cereal aisle of your passport country.

You are the holder of stories and hidden experiences, the lover of all things travel, the one who knows what it is to be lonely on a Sunday night in an international or domestic airport.

You are the ones who know what it is to be displaced and culturally confused, the ones who long to end the refugee crisis and closed borders, the ones who speak out against policies that hurt people and shut them out.

You are the ones who feel the pain of closed borders and the sadness of unused tickets, the ones who are forever separated from so many places and people you love.

You are my fellow travelers and global souls, you are my friends and my family, you are my tribe. May you take comfort in your stories and your memories, your sacred objects and your soul friends.

May your life of movement help you to love more, judge less, and reach across the boundaries that divide knowing that all is not lost.


*Chimamanda Adichie “The Danger of a Single Story”

6 thoughts on “For the Global Souls

  1. Marilyn, thank you so much for your words!
    I’m amazed, your words described exactly what I feel. It was such an awesome experience to grow up as an MK, and it changed my life in such a marvelous way I can only be thankful.
    I noticed the Boston Bridge, do you live in Massachusetts? I was born in Brazil, grew up in Mocambique ( Africa) and now live in Beverly- Ma!
    Thanks again!

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  2. Thank you SO much, Marilyn! Every one of your points touches my soul today. We raised our kids with international wings. It is no surprise that two of the four now live internationally, only that the other two do not. But oh, how I miss those children of mine who are separated from me for the first time by laws that govern men and forbid crossing borders. How I would love to see my Spanish friends who have survived hospital stays due to a virus that came much to close to taking their lives. I feel you are a soulmate, expressing with words my deepest thoughts, my heart.

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