Are we naively assuming the identity of other ancestry in order to fit in? Do we not feel the need to feel like we belong the way we are? Must we cut our nose to spite our face, all because we ache to fit in? Why are we failing future generations?
If the truth be told, our ancestry define our identities. Without which, we become non-existent. And if we’re non-existent, then there will be no next generation.
But thankfully, with the existent of our ancestry, we all now can say we belong somewhere. Somewhere we feel comfortable being ourselves and can enjoy a stress-free connection. This somewhere, isn’t necessarily our place of birth, as it is more to do with our heritage. It is this heritage that gives us a better understanding of our uniqueness and helps us to feel a greater sense of connection to ourselves. Not accepting our heritage, therefore, means gradual decline of a generation.
We are who we are for a purpose. Our ancestry is full of exciting exploits. Unless, we open ourselves up to understanding our ancestry, we will continue to feel less connection with our ancestors, and therefore, less connection with ourselves.
Knowing about our ancestors drives our values and beliefs. We come to appreciate the awesomeness of God and our connection with him. In return, this connection prepares us for the tasks ahead of us. It sets the strong foundation for fulfilling our purposes, understanding our weaknesses and strengths and initiating the change that’s right for us and the next generation.
Unfortunately, a lot of us have spent our lives assuming other ancestries because we feel they are better than ours. On the contrary, our real power comes from accepting us and getting other people to accept us for who we are. Trying to assume another ancestry because we feel they are better than ours is like trading our birth right for a pot of porridge.
Without our ancestors, we would not have existed. That’s how powerful the connection is. It’s what makes our identities. Even if our birthplace is different from our ancestry, our identities remain unchanged. We may be able to change our speech, eat and act in a certain way in conformance to our place of birth; our identities are unaffected by these changes. Isn’t this the reason why we still get awkward questions about our who we are?
No ancestry is perfect. Yes, some ancestries have been sold to us in such a way that we feel more aligned to them. When in fact they are not. They are like every other ancestry yet to tell their own stories. If we are not telling stories of our own ancestry, there’s no way we can give an insight that would inspire compassion and love for them. By showcasing them, people can see their challenges and how they overcame them. Their strengths in creating a generation in an imperfect world. Their battles, the wars they fought, their endurances and perseverance. The pain they went through and yet didn’t give. That’s how much recognition we can give to our ancestry to save a declining generation.