A DNA Kit will change my travel plans
If you don’t know history, you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree....how i love that quote! I've always wanted to get my Ancestry DNA test but after watching Black Panther something really urged me to want to get it done as soon as possible. I've always had a love for Africa, the motherland, and always told myself "one day I will go to Africa" because I feel like it will be a life-changing experience but "one day" will turn into a few months as I head to Morocco.
I changed my birthday trip from Thailand to Africa because Africa is part of who I am and I want to learn more about the people,the culture,the food, the music, the fashion and everything else I didn't mention. Hearing feedback on how liberating the experience is from other black travelers increased my urge to go even more! I finally received my DNA testing kit after waiting about a week and checking my mailbox every day since I ordered it (literally) and I couldn't be any more excited than I am at this very moment. I can finally stop speculating about what my make up is and finally see exactly what makes up Chanice. A lot of people grow up hearing that their great grandfather and great grandmother came from a certain place and their parents came from certain place and so on and so forth but what you hear may not really be what you really are because of the lack of information and documentation that was accessible especially if you were black.
I've tried to look up my family history on both sides but I can only go back one generation before my grandparents because of the fact that record keeping with the blacks were not as important so a lot of my questions will remain unanswered, unfortunately. When it comes to traveling I have a top list of places that I HAVE to go to before my time is over but that list is going to be altered as soon as I get the results to my DNA test. Once I know what part of Africa my ancestors are from i'm going to go there and connect with my people, explore the beautiful land, learn as much as I can and give back. I imagine it to be an empowering, surreal, and emotional trip but one that will keep everlasting memories in my heart and allow me to be even more proud of who I am.
I've been to Jamaica which is the last country that my parents and grandparents were settled in but it's time to extend the journey of finding myself and getting to know the African culture I'm connected with as well as the Indian side that I have been told I have as well. This alteration in my travel journey came at the right time. It's time for me to sit back and wait for my results to get sent to me so I can piece together the puzzle and begin my journey into embracing who I am and preparing my travel journey for when i visit those countries.
Stay tuned for blogs from the motherland...
We inherit from our ancestors gifts so often taken for granted. Each of us contains within this inheritance of soul. We are links between the ages, containing past and present expectations, sacred memories and future promise. – Edward Sellner