We know that asking someone where they’re from can come from curiosity but can often serve to make people feel alienated, because it can focus undue emphasis on their right to belonging. Asking someone instead, “tell me about yourself, what’s your story?” gives them the invitation to craft their response and weave their answer so it belongs anywhere and on their own terms. 

It is only when you look back, or forwards, and start to tell your own story, that you can make sense of the links and connections that bring all of the elements together. I have been thinking back to the many threads and moments in my own life that seem to have led me to this point.

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