“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. When you are born a lotus flower, be a beautiful lotus flower, don’t try to be a magnolia flower. If you crave acceptance and recognition and try to change yourself to fit what other people want you to be, you will suffer all your life. True happiness and true power lie in understanding yourself, accepting yourself, having confidence in yourself.”—Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art of Power
I’ve really grown to love appearing ethnically ambiguous.
I’ve heard it all….no joke. Persian, Hawaiian, Blasian (“Black and Asian”), Latina, Carribean, “Coloured” (the South African racial classification)), Indian, Alien (yeah…), Egyptian, Greek, Italian, and the list goes on.
It can certainly be annoying, but ultimately it allows me to transcend some of the bullshit borders and barriers between places and people.