5 May · All Letters · Month

Dear Travel Bloggers,

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Dear Travel Bloggers,

I love what you do. Looking at your travel photos and reading about your adventures are what motivates me to step out of my comfort zone. You teleport my soul to wherever you post about and it inspires me to work so that one day I can travel there, mind and body, for myself. That’s a talent not everyone has.

I read about your adventures and imagine what mine will be like. Who will by my travel squad? Where will we stay? How long will we travel for? This is how I start my mornings. It reminds me that we’re never rooted in one place, and that the world is full of amazing sights waiting for us – waiting for me.

And I admire what you do more because I could never do what you do. I’m just too selfish. When I stand at the foot of a gorgeous waterfall, being sprinkled with glistening droplets and deafened by the sight’s roar, I’d just soak up the scene for myself. It wouldn’t occur to me to try and share it with anyone other than the people I’m with. The same goes for when I’m miniaturized by the grandeur of the Stonehenge, engulfed in the blue waters of Bora Bora, and inspired by our own capabilities at the Sistine Chapel. The best I can do is take photos I’ll never post, except for the rare one on Instagram.

I love what you do, it motivates me, but I could never do it. So thank you, for inspiring me in ways I can never do for myself.

 

Love,

A Letter Per Person

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5 May · All Letters · Column · Month

Dear Creative Media,

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Dear Creative Media,

Do better. Do better and do it now. We’re at a time when as a society, we are becoming more aware and informed about the current status of the world and what we can do to better it. As a member of society, you are part of this time and you need to keep up. And as a person in the creative media industry, you need to step up and lead.

You have the power to reach millions and you need to use that to help the bettering movement. You can’t afford to be blind to what’s happening and deaf to what people are saying. You’ve seen what happened with Pepsi. That was a catastrophic incident that was 100% preventable had those involved listened to what’s happening around them outside of their pearly white bubbles. Whether you were the director of the commercial or Kendal Jenner herself, you failed to live up to the power and privilege of reaching millions. As a creative, the job description includes consuming media of all kinds and keeping up with news and latest trends. What happened? And as a celebrity, whether model or singer or actress, if you take part in these creative platforms, you need to know what sort of message you’re sending. It doesn’t matter whether you weren’t part of the creative process because you are part of the creative production. You aren’t just a model being told what to do. Your job isn’t just to “show up and look good”; you are someone a lot of people, often young, look up to. Honour that responsibility and step up. What you do in front of the camera matters. Your reputation doesn’t negate your responsibility. Scratch away the fame and you are still a member of society and you have a social responsibility, an obligation to be aware of what’s happening. If you’re going to stand in front of a camera, take the opportunity to stand for something other than yourself.

And sometimes, standing up for something means standing aside. If you’re a Caucasian actor and you’re asked to play an Asian character, say no! If you’re an African American performer cast to play a Hispanic role, say no! It doesn’t matter how big of a celebrity you are. Think about whether there are people better suited for the role, and if you’re damaging or helping the kids who need better representation in the media. Filmmakers need their actors but if you say no and explain why, you can change the way they cast and the way they think.

Whether you’re a YouTuber, small filmmaker, Hollywood director, writer, celebrity, behind-the-scene star, or absolutely anyone else in the creative industry, you need to step up. Think about why the current President of the United States is so against the media. It’s because you have the reach that no world leader could ever have. You have the voice that echoes over any social group. You have the power to inform, shape minds, and even change opinions. Use it for something worthy. Use it to help those who are silenced. Use it to better the world. You need to do better and you need to do it now.

Love,

A Letter Per Person

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5 May · All Letters · Month

Dear International Students,

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Dear International Students,
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“International”. At first glance it seems entirely positive: a life full of travel, constantly meeting new people, and having friends wherever you go. But that’s not always true, is it?
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You are not alone when you feel so homesick you’d rather Skype your family back home or your childhood friends who are a million miles away instead of going out. You are courageous for stepping out of your literal comfort zone. It is scary, it is trying, and it is difficult. But you did it. So take your time to be homesick. It’s lonely to feel like you belong where you are not but it is also uplifting to know you have a place so important that even across oceans, you know in your heart you belong.
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But if by chance you feel like a tourist in the place you were homesick for, you are still not alone. It simply means you learned new lessons, tried different things, had unique experiences, and changed. You were away and that time added bits and pieces to who you are. It is heart breaking to feel you belong less to the place you called home but how healing it is to know you left a mark somewhere new. Your heart was rooted in one place and now it is rooted in two. Less of you belong at home and a little more elsewhere, but your entire belonging has not faltered. Like seedlings, pieces of your heart are being planted and growing to spread love a little further.
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As you embrace your internationality, never let anyone make you feel inadequate. Whether you no longer speak your native language as well as you used to, or you aren’t as up to date with news back home, or your religion, race, or anything is different from the majority, remember all of that is absolutely okay. It is admirable and impressive to learn a new language and master it to the point you can live in a foreign-speaking country. It is smart and resourceful to be more up to date where you are. It is strong and courageous to stand for who you are and what you believe in, especially when people around you don’t understand it. It takes determination, strength of all measures, and bravery to be international. Never let anyone make you feel inadequate because not everyone can do what you are doing.
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Most importantly, never forget you have the sacred chance to build and have more than one home: one where you came from, another where you’ve been, and now where you are. You may feel like you don’t have a home, like you belong to any one place but perhaps that is because you have and belong to multiple. Perhaps it is because the puzzle pieces of your heart are scattered across oceans, in countries, beyond cities, with people, and at places you’ve yet to see. Perhaps it is because you belong everywhere.
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Love,
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A Letter Per Person
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4 April · All Letters · Month · Poetry

Dear Mama,

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Dear Mama,

Mama, I promise you,

My siblings and I, we promise you

to learn

to change

to succeed

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Mama, you raised us:

You get what you give, a recycled wisdom

Blame is faulty, responsibility is growth

Change is natural, needed, noble

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So Mama, we remembered you.

Mama, we listened.

And now we are changing

now we are doing

now we are leading

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Mama, I promise you,

My sibling and I, we will heal you.

Now you are dying

But soon you will heal.

 

Love,

A Letter Per Person

Read Part 1 and Part 2 of Dear Mama.

4 April · All Letters · Column · Month

Dear Beneficiaries of Nepotism

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Dear Beneficiaries of Nepotism,

This letter may or may not be for you. It can take a while to realise whether you’re someone who benefits from nepotism. It’s a complex topic with many different approaches but there’s one lasting trait through it all: it always involves a person with power.

Nepotism

Now, nepotism isn’t always a bad thing and it can be but is not always corruption. The bad side of nepotism comes when people don’t acknowledge they benefit from it. The best thing you can do as someone who benefits from nepotism is to recognise your privilege and do some good with it. Your privilege is that you know someone powerful enough who likes you and can get what favours you. Not everyone knows someone like that, can get help like that, and is favoured like that.

The second best thing you can do is to recognise the stakes. What does it mean that you, simply by your privilege of knowing and being liked by someone of power, get this particular thing? Should you take it? Should you refuse? If you take it, is it really just nepotism or is it corruption too? Is there someone else more appropriate to get it? How can you use this opportunity to help someone else who might not otherwise never get help like this? If you pass this opportunity and give it to someone else, will you ever get this sort of opportunity again?

Eric Trump’s comments on nepotism earlier this month is exactly why it’s important to assess whether you benefit from it. Nepotism isn’t a “factor of life”. It might be for him and his family but it isn’t for everyone and saying so is ignorant. And this part is just speculation but I doubt his father would “encourage them to go on their own way” if they weren’t competent; just look at the qualifications of the people he put in the White House. If anyone appointed by him recognised their privilege and just how high the stakes are, they should’ve declined.

It’s imperative to recognise the privilege you have, whether that privilege comes from having business-owning parents, your race, or being liked by the right people. But recognising you benefit from nepotism is not enough, you need to use it to help others. If you benefit from nepotism, it is likely you can access it whenever, but there are people out there who don’t have that sort of privilege. So help them out, do some good.

Love,

A Letter Per Person

4 April · All Letters · Month · Poetry

Dear Mama,

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Dear Mama,

Mama, I thank you.

My siblings and I, we exist because of you

live because of you

grow because of you

thrive because of you.

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Mama, you never give up:

You light up the sky, brighten our lives

You run your fingers through our hairs, on our skin

You wave and sing, encouragingly, lovingly

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But Mama, we forgot you

Mama, we lost sight.

And now you are crying

now you are seething

now you are dying.

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Mama, I thank you.

My siblings and I, we broke you.

And now you are dying

But Mama, now we change. 

Love,

A Letter Per Person

Read Part 1 and Part 3 of Dear Mama.

4 April · All Letters · Month

Dear You,

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Dear You,

I don’t know where to begin. You know I’m terrible at communication. Even after all those times I promised that I’ll keep trying, somehow my bottle ends up full. But I know I have to write this letter. I know because I love you.

I’m sorry for those times I yelled at you because you forgot to wake me up, even though I know you were savouring those rare fifteen minutes that I cuddle up to you. Thank you for loving me enough to want to cuddle me despite my yelling.

I’m sorry for when I start a fight because you’re being playful and I happen to be in a bad mood, even though I’m playful whenever the hell I please. Thank you for playing along even when you don’t feel like it.

I’m sorry for making you feel guilty over the smallest, irrelevant things, even though we both know it’s more my fault than yours. Thank you for being patient and waiting for me to come around to apologise.

I’m sorry for when I scold you about how unhealthy or unhygienic you’re being, even though I sometimes give up health because I’m too lazy or tired. Thank you for always bringing me my toothbrush with extra minty toothpaste when I’m exhausted, because you know if you don’t I won’t brush.

I’m sorry for not telling you I love you or that I miss you enough, even though you always do. Thank you for being you.

I’ve known I’ve had to write this letter for a long time and I’ve always known what to say. But it took me a while to start because the truth is, I could’ve written to my best friend, my partner in crime, my significant other, and my favourite, and it would’ve still ended up with you.

Love,

A Letter Per Person