There are three ways of interpreting that question:
- Where my ancestors are from
- Where I'm from (my way of thinking, where I grew up)
- Where I feel at home
The answers to question 2 and 3 are fairly simple. If you want to know where I as a person come from, I shall tell you the town where I was born and grey up. Those of you who know me, know I'm from Oslo. However, I do not feel at home in Oslo. Because the answer to question 3 is: wherever my love is.
However, the first question is the hardest for me to answer. And here's why:
First of all, this question is the one that has the least to do with me.
Second: you want to know where my ancestors are from. But how far back in time are we talking? Say your parents moved to a different country than the one they were born in, and your grandparents did the same and so on, where are you from? Do you mean the previous destination, or the very first? And the funny thing is, if you go waaay back in time, we're all from the same place!
The third problem is prejudice. Don't judge a book by its cover, because then you'll never know the story. But in reality, you have to judge the book by its cover in order to know if it interests you at all. If I were to tell you that I'm from one specific country, you'd immediately get a picture in your head. The problem with that is that you start associating that picture with me. You probably don't see why that's a problem, but I'd rather not be associated with countries I know nothing about. Which is why I say that this question will not get you to know me better at all.
I have a feeling that I'll be getting this question for as long as I live, but this is all I have to say about it. Please do not be offended when you do not get the answer you want, and please please please respect my decision to withhold that information.
Thank you for reading, dear friends.