I dont want to be a Goan!

Sharing is caring!

In the hustle and bustle of our lives, we often overlook the profound connection we share with the land we call home. I am reminded of this connection as I navigate through the emotional challenges of a separation and custody battle. My 9 year old daughter and I once shared the enchanting embrace of Goa, a place where the land itself seemed to whisper tales of rich culture, dance of the wind, the rush of waves, its vibrant nature, and  a warm community. However, as circumstances changed and she found herself in a concrete apartment, the magic of Goa faded, leaving her yearning for a different home. As she tells me today, why did you bring me to Goa? i dont want to be a Goan. Either take me to Kuwait with my mother or to another Country. … My heart broke!.

1. Immersion in Culture:
Goa is not just a piece of land; it is a canvas painted with the vivid colors of its diverse culture. To truly love the land, one must immerse themselves in its customs, traditions, and the unique rhythm of daily life. My daughter’s fond memories of Goa were not just about the landscape but the people and their celebrations, which created a tapestry of belonging. She enjoyed everybit… but with the alienation that is going on, is not just with the parent, but i realised is now with our home,… ie Goa.

2. Nature’s Embrace:
The love for the land is intricately tied to nature. Goa’s breathtaking landscapes, from its serene beaches to lush forests, invite us to connect with the earth. It’s not merely about living in a place but experiencing the healing touch of nature that fosters a sense of attachment. As my daughter transitioned from the open spaces of Goa to the confines of an apartment, she felt a void that only nature’s embrace could fill.

3. Community Bonds:
A land’s heartbeat is often found in the pulse of its community. Building connections with neighbors, embracing local stories, and actively participating in communal life creates a sense of shared history. The love for the land isn’t just an individual endeavor; it’s a collective celebration of unity and togetherness.

4. The Importance of Passing It On:
As parents, it’s our responsibility to instill love for the land in our children. This goes beyond simply residing in a place; it involves teaching them to appreciate the intricacies that make a location special. By embodying this love, we pass on a legacy that transcends physical boundaries.

In the ebb and flow of life’s challenges, the love for the land becomes an anchor that grounds us. Goa, with its rich tapestry of culture, nature, and community, serves as a poignant reminder that our connection with the land is a reciprocal dance. It is not enough to merely exist in a place; we must actively engage with and cherish the essence of our surroundings, ensuring that the love for the land becomes a timeless inheritance for generations to come. But when hate and vengeance takes over, we are blinded with anger and despair. Nothing else is visible.

Sharing is caring!