Living in a country, which embraces all races and religions, we often forget about our heritage and background. Some of us even shy away from our roots, mother tongue and traditions.
What many tend to forget is that our heritage will always be part of us. It enriches us as human beings as well as allows us to have the extra skills, which others may not possess. For instance, speaking a second (or third, forth, etc) language provides a real advantage. It comes in handy when you travel. It aids in your ability to reach the members of a particular community and to engage with more people both in social and professional circles. In the current globalized world, knowledge of more than one language and understanding of other cultures provides an array of opportunities.
Another major contributor to our heritage is keeping of the traditions which have evolved from generation to generation. Susan Lieberman once said that “Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world.” Whether it is celebrating a religious holiday, gathering as a family for dinner every Friday or Sunday night, or teaching your children about the history of your nation, traditions allow for better family interactions and contribute to raising well-adjusted children.
So what are you waiting for? Go and explore who you are and where you come from. Dig deep into the past of your ancestors and you are bound to discover fascinating facts. If you speak more than one language, try to keep your knowledge of your mother tongue alive and pass it on to you kids. Acknowledge and celebrate your heritage at every opportunity as it one of the largest contributory factors to who you are as a person.
“A person without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey