If there were a major disaster in the United States and I had to relocate with my family to another country, I would be devastated. Being allowed to bring only three small personal items would be very difficult. As I look around the room right now, there are so many things I have that I take for granted.
I think the first thing that I would take with me is my mp3 player. Music is an important part of my life and culture and I would want to have all of my music in the new country as it would remind me of my former home.
The second thing I would take with me to a new country would be my photo album. Having pictures of all of the relatives and our homes would help me remember the good times that we celebrate here. In my new country having these pictures would bring a sense of security.
The third thing I would bring with me would be my Kindle. I love to read and having books in my home language would help me feel at home in a new country where they will probably not speak English. I would find comfort in reading stories about my home country with characters that are similar to me.
If when I got to the new country I was told that I could only keep one item it would be the mp3 player. Music for me makes an emotional connection. Memories are tied to music for me, and hearing those songs would help keep my past alive for me. I would be very sad to lose the books though, It would be a tough choice between music and books, but it the end I would have to go with music.
This exercise made me realize that there are many things in my life such as music and books that I take for granted. Yesterday if someone had asked me to describe my culture I would not have said anything about either of those items, yet in this exercise, they are the two things I could not leave behind. Interesting.