When I lived in the UK, I was very much in my comfort zone. I had my friends from school, from football, I had a very respectable part-time job and I could foresee a steady rise to a very comfortable life.
Moving to Denmark has been a great opportunity for me and it has without a doubt matured me in a number of ways. I like Denmark. I have been here for some years now, both as an exchange student and as a master’s student and one thing I will say is being here has been character building. I have met some great people and created some brilliant opportunities for myself.
But, as I write this blog, I wonder if Denmark is ready to accept a person like me. I wonder if Denmark is willing to let someone like me call this place home.
Sometimes, I just wonder.
I wonder why people cross the road when they see me walking.
I wonder why people don’t ask me if I need help when I am in a shop.
I wonder why strangers sometimes interrogate me over my ancestry.
I wonder why people bow their heads when I am near them.
I wonder why I can always feel someone staring at me until they look away after I catch them.
I wonder why I am seen as intimidating, just for being myself.
I wonder why I feel like an idiot just for writing this blog…
I have my health, I have a strong education behind me, and I have a small group of people that look out for me.
But, I am only human.
Sometimes it is a combination of the small things that can take their toll on a person.
I don’t want any special treatment.
I just want the opportunity to be me.