How many sim cards can you have before losing who you are?
I was at my brother’s place a couple of days ago while he was getting ready to travel once again, and this is what I saw:
A collection of sim cards spread all over the table, each for the many countries he travels to daily for work.
So I started thinking about this: expatriates that leave their country at a young age and build their life in another might one day simply say; I was born there, but this is my home. But what about those who spend their life travelling around, What do they say? They are the ones who were born in one place, studied in another, but live in many; will they still be able to say I’m from this country or do they get lost somewhere between airports and planes?
When I watched the movie “up in the air” (2009) it didn’t satisfy me, no offense to the movie itself but we barely see the break that happens between the traveller and his family; it only brushes the surface of the problem.
So I asked my brother what he thought, he just laughed and handed me a beer, it’s that simple, I’m lebanese but I live all over.
That wasn’t much help, so I dug deeper in my mind and imagination (which sometimes takes over). By over travelling you pick up aspects and traditions from other cultures and they become part of who you are, they might even change your whole perspective on things, won’t that mean you’re no longer lebanese other than by name and the small connection you have left to it? Then what? Imagine it develops into some sort of cultural schizophrenia, then how will you answer the question of who you are and where you are from; the link that you had to that country is what made people recognise you in certain settings, if you no longer act lebanese how can you say you are lebanese?
In my previous post “Save my home!” I saw a different side of this cultural schizophrenia, but happening to a country as a whole, not to an individual by himself. A changing country is easy I believe, we can grow and adapt within it, but when it happens to one person alone, how can he evolve without disrupting his origins?
I Am Lebanese.(Full stop)