The Mission Statement

“For mine is a generation that circles the globe and searches for something we haven’t tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay their welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience. And if it hurts, you know what? It’s probably worth it.” — Alex Garland

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Imagine

Imagine searching for a waterfall
Imagine hearing the sound, so close, so close
Imagine never reaching the water
And life, isn’t it so?

Imagine walking that long road
Your destination just on the horizon
Imagine seeing but never reaching
And life, isn’t it so?

What matters what I believe?
What matter is what I know to be true
And truth is think in the air I breathe
We can live purposely
Our purpose is wrapped up in you

Imagine the bottom of despair
The darkness pressing, cold against your skin
Imagine breathing, but never gaining air
And life, sometimes it’s so

Imagine the aching
a dull knife cutting your heart
Imagine the longing for saving
Imagine the doctor
looking, but can’t/won’t do anything
And people, sometimes they’re so

Sometimes, it all seems pointless
Sometimes, it feels like there’s no end
And when it all seems hopeless
That’s when we must have hope

 

Emotional Maturity?

I’ve been at this blog for two years now, and I’ve seen some personal milestones so far. I traveled alone for the first time, I learned to own up to my musical talents, and overall, writing publicly has helped me understand myself in a deeper way. But recent events have thrown my thoughts back to one of my earliest entries which I titled “I’m Not Emotionally Mature Enough To Work At A Hostel“.

Two years later, turns out I am.

It’s really, really funny how things change.  I AM emotionally mature enough to work at a hostel.

Here’s what I mean: back when I was traveling through Brazil in the fall of 2014, I was bouncing from hostel to hostel. I’d be sharing a room with 8 to 14 other people I’d never met before from all over the world. One relatively small common room. Shared breakfast. And a small, personable, fun staff to take care of everything.

For some, this sounds like a nightmare. For someone as sheltered and as eager to “get out there” as I was, it was the perfect situation to meet cool people and explore new cities together. And that’s exactly what I did. I connected with dorm-mates, hostel-mates, sometimes even staff workers. We’d gallivant about, learning about the city together, having crazy adventures, with deep conversations all the while…and at the end of all of it, there’d be a goodbye. And by the time that goodbye swings by, I’m already attached. This person (or this group of people) has become my person. My “best friend forever“, in preschool terms.

The goodbyes would be painful. Yes, I’ll try to make it to your country. Maybe you’ll make it to my country! Don’t forget to send me those photos! I’ll send you a postcard from my next destination. Don’t be a stranger now! Add me on Facebook/Instagram/…!

I wrote that initial blog post two years ago about not being emotionally mature enough because I didn’t know how to move forward after making a deep connection with someone who I’d probably never see again. I didn’t think I could live through a constantly revolving door of awesome people. At the point, my paradigm was that any great person who I had a phenomenal time with was meant to stay in my life forever.

But now, that’s not my worldview anymore and it’s jarring to realize this. I’ve traveled a lot since those days, mostly on solo adventures. Also, I’ve had to uproot my life several times since then. Point is, these past few years have been an intense season of meeting or having great people in my life, and having to let them go in significant ways.

I’ve learned that it’s very special to meet someone and connect with them right away, especially with the added bonding experience of traveling through a new place.

I’ve also learned to be okay saying goodbye and never see that person again. It doesn’t mean that our time together wasn’t special. I’ve grown to find satisfaction in the memories. We can meet again in the realm of memory. We have the experiences. And maybe we’ll actually meet again. That would be great. And maybe we won’t. That’s okay, too.

I don’t believe in forever anymore. I used to. But now I don’t. And I think that’s the lesson. Life is a constant revolving door of people. And…it is what it is, isn’t it?

~Feroza

Leaving

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These feet have traveled far…

I had my reasons for leaving
I swear I did
And although meeting you was
the best
thing
in the world…

You would never understand
That I could not stay
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I had never intended to stay
And that would not change
Not even for you

~Feroza

Thank God For the Summertime

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Performing at True Talk No Lie, hosted at The Big Black Box, Port of Spain

It’s summer! And I’m saying thank GOD because I can finally turn to my other passions and strengthen them.  My first year of law school was ridiculously stressful, consuming my life far more than I had anticipated. Thus, I had to focus my energies almost entirely on that. Now that it’s over, I look forward to turning to my personal projects. Law is an important part of my path, but so is music.

I’ve been checking out the local music scene here in Port of Spain, and I’ve vowed to perform on every stage I can find. So far, I’ve performed at two open mics to a great crowd, and I’ve been learning about the small niche community that is Port of Spain’s music scene.

In all, I’m taking that next step, which is to share my music not just with friends and anyone friendly enough to listen, but I’m putting myself out there in a bigger way—I’ve created a Youtube channel as well as a separate blog that will focus entirely on my music.

Despite having posted a few videos and music clips of myself here on Daily SojournerFeroza Music is really the first time I’m going head first into sharing the songs I’ve written, near and dear to my heart, with the world. It’s terrifying. My boots quake in fear and the voices tell me that I’m stupid for even trying. But I’ve come too far from where I started two years ago and I’ve gotta try.

So I thank God for the summertime. I have an opportunity to delve into my craft, and nourish my spirit with the other things that give me deep joy.

I’ve noticed friends from different circles also doing the same, which is pretty cool because none of this is coordinated. It must be a feeling in the air. There’s something about student life (or post-student life) and the summertime. It’s an opportunity to grow. An opportunity to breathe. An opportunity to take on new challenges and see where it leads you. I’m not often excited, but I’m excited about this!

Blessings~

Feroza

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ALSO: Shout out to Steward Poindexter from Thank God For The Summertime for introducing me to Ben Rector’s Walking in Between.

Last Stop: Maastricht, Netherlands

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Maastricht River

The coolest place ever, though I didn’t get to see much of it. I did do a quick walking tour with my Luxemburgan brother. The city has a really cool vibe, but my inner law school nerd kept chanting “Treaty of Maastricht, Treaty of Maastricht!” (The Treay is one of the foundation agreements of the European Union (I study EU law)).

The little I did see, though, was pretty cool, and the things I noticed were only because I had a guide who is madly in love with the place.

 

 

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Random street in old town

 

Increasingly, I find that I don’t quite like travelling just for the sake of travelling anymore. At least not by myself. These days, I much prefer having a companion and sharing the experience. And, if that means that I get to see less things and simply hang out, that’s completely fine by me.

It’s about the faces, not the places.

 

 

 

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Good company, and good hot chocolate! Guess which is which xD

 

 

I’m very grateful that I had an opportunity to rove around the world in the way I did during the Easter season. Shout out to my favorite bassist/music producer/brother who welcomed me with open arms and insisted we go places. I would have been just as happy drinking wine in his home the entire time 😉

 

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This is the last in a series of posts in which I share snippets of my Easter sojourn. Thank you for reading! It was my way on catching up on two months of silence. 🙂

Much love and respect,

~Feroza

Stop #6: Bastogne, Belgium

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Bastogne War Museum

Historically speaking, I have never visited a locale where Americans are so beloved. Having studied Caribbean and Latin American history in detail, I’m used to some amount of resentment toward the United States on account of all the damage done in the past two centuries. The US, it must be recalled, has acted as nothing short of a bully in the region.

However, in the context of two World Wars in which the Americans essentially saved their asses both times, I came to understand the reverence and praise here in Europe. The two wars, after all, were fought on their soil.

The monument contains the names of all fifty states, commemorating the Allies (led by the Americans) retaking the city of Bastogne from the Nazis. Not long after, the war was finished.

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Isn’t there always a war? Outside our doors, or inside our hearts…

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Note: This is part of a series of posts in which I share snippets of my Easter sojourn. Thank you for reading.

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Stop #5: Luxembourg

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What struck me about this trip to Luxembourg were the skeleton trees. It was not quite spring yet, but so beautiful.

I think my fascination with Lux has to do with the fact that it is so different from where I come from. The Caribbean countries I have visited and resided in are jam packed with bright, vivid colors everywhere that sometimes get rather sickening. In contrast, the colors in Luxembourg city are far more subdued.

Of course, this is a classic syndrome of the grass being greener on the other side and all that. Exoticism, after all, is beauty that is different from the beholder’s norm.img_20160412_191704.jpg

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Note: This is part of a series of posts in which I share snippets of my Easter sojourn. Thank you for reading.

~Feroza

Stop #4: London…and Coffee shops

This will seem so asinine to some folks, but I gotta write about it.

I LOVE coffee shops. I do. I DO. Nothing makes me happier than whiling time away at a cafe with a steaming mug of chai latte and a notebook of some kind to pen my thoughts. It’s the ultimate form of meditation for me, right up there with sitting next to a fountain or a large body of water (river, pond, lake or better yet, the ocean) with a book in hand.

Coffee shops are where people fall in love, where people plan out their dreams, where two friends meet for a heart to heart chat, where business deals are closed…things happen at coffee shops.

My trip to London this time around was all academic business, so naturally, I spent most of my time at various cafés studying (do you see the trend here from my last post?). I’m a law student, so my life is essentially found in statute books and texts harkening on about legal principles. And I find refuge in coffee shops, better than a library because I get to people watch for a bit while being reminded that life goes on outside academia.

What was cool about my café hopping is that I was surrounded by like minded people (there is no such culture in Trinidad and it truly hurts my soul). Other people studying, working on their laptops, or having easygoing conversations. The smell of espresso in the air, lightly playing jazz in the background…yeah. Love it.

img_20160406_123110.jpgI took the above photo on one of my days in London, at this really cool, hipster vegan café. These guys sitting across the table from me found this note and, again, I was so encouraged. The guys started querying the philosophical truth of the note, but all I could focus on was that someone, hours before, probably left that note behind, written on a napkin, to encourage anyone passing through thereafter. As I’ve said, I love randomly finding notes.

You will do great things if you follow what calls your heart.”

Yeah, I can get behind that.

~Feroza

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Note: This is part of a series of posts in which I share snippets of my Easter sojourn. Thank you for reading.

Stop #3.5: Midway Encouragement

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Not many people know this, but I spent most of my time in Los Angeles in the library of my alma mater, studying and stressing, and studying some more, and crying. No lie. There was a lot of pressure that I put on myself.

But on a lunch outing I went on with my cousin, I saw this on the bathroom wall and, in reading it, I felt this huge release. Man, I love randomly discovering words of encouragement and affirmation!

~Feroza

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Note: This is part of a series of posts in which I share snippets of my Easter sojourn. Thank you for reading.