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  • Lately, I've been getting a thrill out of asking and answering the question "Where are you from, originally?"

    I think it has to do with the fact that I like how it makes me feel. Like people know that I'm in this time of my life where I may not, necessarily, be in the place that I call "home." And I love that feeling, that while I have a home I return to, I'm untethered, traveling, experiencing, growing. It's a time when I know I have a home to go to, but yet don't always have to be there.

    The fact that I have had more and more opportunities to engage in conversations that involve this question is exciting, too.

    I like when I meet people who are from the same area as me. It's happened, a couple of times.

    Like one day, when I was in a minivan in Annapolis, Maryland, accompanied by a girl I had known for one week and five other people I had known for five minutes. We were on our way to the graduation party of a person I had never before met. So, what to do? Of course, throw out the classic question. "Where are you from originally?"

    "Indiana," he said. And, boom. You've got yourself a conversation. A couple of hours later when I got out of the minivan after the party, taking a snapshot in my head so I could always remember the moments I shared with these strangers, I waved goodbye and said, "See ya, Hoosier."

    These experiences are teaching me and I am thirsty to learn what else is out there. I am fluid, temporary, transient, and I am part of a larger group of people who feel the same way, and we are beautiful.
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