Day 4 — Passports

Post 4 of 27.

What’s in a Passport?

What is a passport but a doorway for freedom, and a way to go wherever you can and want to go. It’s an opportunity and a way to see the world. It’s a chance to broaden your horizons.

I’ve been blessed to be born in one country but given two passports, two nationalities, two identities, two ways of life, often conflicting and opposing each other. I am a Greek with an American mind. An American with a Greek soul. I was always asked which one I preferred the most ever since I was a little girl.

I have a sense of belonging, identity and a way to see the world that very few have. It’s also difficult to defend both in my heart and mind. Passports have given me the opportunity, the gift and the privilege to see the world, to travel and to be influenced by many different cultures. I have lived in many places and continue to want to explore more of the world. I belong to no country and I hold all identities as my own. I’ve adapted to different cultures and had the immense luck to call many places my home.

Home is where the heart is they say; and I’ve had many homes in my heart, but as Odysseus completed his journey to Ithaca, no matter how long he was away and how many lands he saw; his home was where his longing was fulfilled. He spent years apart from his homeland only eager with renewed passion to return.

My home is everywhere and no where. And one day I will return to the home in my heart.

What does a passport mean to you?

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Eleana Kouneli

A former dancer, current yoga teacher, writer, curious traveler and wild soul. My fuel and desire is to learn from others and spread healing and joy as I go. Follow my adventures and see where they lead you! All the stories are true, all the poems are real and all the writing is mine. Enjoy

5 thoughts on “Day 4 — Passports”

  1. Hi Eleana
    As a born German I have my difficulties with the concept of nationality. And looking around today there is obviously good reason for it. Populists and Nazis (often the same bunch) and those that fancy dictatorships like to play the nationalist tunes.
    … I’m not answering your question: I hold the two passports of the two countries that give the most freedom to travel (Germany & Switzerland), and this I take as a real blessing. Traveling & Exploring and mostly engaging with people from foreign lands creates bonds and friendships which ultimately may make this world a better place, a place where passports are no longer needed as we have come to realize that we are all equal.

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    1. Agreed!!! 🙂 we are of the same heart and mind when it comes to these realizations I think. Happy to hear we are united in our need to connect with the world. It is a real blessing.


  2. Passports both unite AND separate. One more vivid example of things being themselves and their opposite at the same time. Good travels!

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