Once upon a time, I had an amazing friend. Somehow he always knew the right thing to do in every situation. I didn’t like him very much for that reason. There was another thing I didn’t like about him though. In the middle of the math tutorial room, as we all struggled to figure out an assignment question, he knew how to break free. In the middle of holding our hand high to get the tutor’s attention, he knew how to distract us all with his stories of world war and all things historical. “We are struggling to get this question right and he’s going on and on about something that happened a hundred years ago,” I would think. In those moments, he annoyed me very very much. How could you be thinking about history when our assignment is due at 8am tomorrow? Ah, he pissed me off big time.
Looking back, I laugh at those moments. When I was too caught up in what HAD to be done, he was there to make me realize that I just needed to slow down and just not think about the assignments for a while. He was there to teach me how not to get so caught up in something that it steals away your peace, your happiness. He knew how to do that and he cared enough to lighten up everyone’s mood with his stories.
Years later, he decided to go back to his home country to learn more about life there. He met all kinds of people. We lost touch and then a few months later, he returned. He had told me about how many times he had to move and how he missed his motherland. I couldn’t understand him much because I, myself, never had the thought of going back to the beginning, to the the country I was born in. To me, it was a step back in life. “I never go back to places I have left,” I would always say. But 7 years later, today, I feel a little differently. I lost myself many times, felt confused about who I am and who I am meant to be but it was reconnecting with where I had been in my life that helped me get to where I am today. It required revisiting who I used to be, what I used to do, what I used to believe to determine how I had let life change me. And although, I still cutely think of him as annoying, I must admit: he has a point. At some point in life, we have to go back to who we used to be to realize who we are meant to be. We have to dig deeper than what we can see in front of us and go back – way way back, to the very beginning. That is the only way we can meet our true selves. This is the spirit behind his new clothing line – Origio Nostrum. Please help him be that annoying guy he’s meant to be. Let him take you back to your roots and show you who you are really meant to be. You can support him by contributing towards his Kickstarter campaign that will help millions of people across the world connect with who they are. You always are someone. You always belong somewhere. You just need to remember that every single day of your life.
Direct link to the campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/794771060/a-fashion-brand-that-connects-to-our-past-origio-n
Ish Kish Mish
June 28, 2015
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