28 Oct 2010

Born Into History

Today I am playing along with Mama Kat's Writer's Work Workshop.

I chose the second question: If you could witness (or take part in) any event in history, what would it be? Why?

I am glad this question popped up! Wow, if I could witness any event in history?

Well, it would be RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW! Meaning I would look around me and be part of this ongoing history.

Few years ago I used to, mentally, complain that all the great things have already happened. For instance, I wanted to be an heroine and fight against Slave Trade and Slavery, fight along side the great men and women during the Civil Right movement. Fight for the women’s vote and fight against Colonialism. Be a Caribbean woman helping in the WWI or the WWII war effort. I wanted to be there, during the Independence of Ghana, during the fight against Apartheid in South Africa and many more. I hated it because all these important historical events and I was not even a part of my mother’s plan or my mother was not even conceived...

But then something happened and I started to realised that the day I was born I became part of history. I was born in a year of great events. My life can be traced back to some important movements in human history. My life on earth right now is moving through historical events on daily basis. I was alive when Obama was elected President of America, I was alive when Make Poverty History campaign began in Europe, I was alive when some African workers in Italy campaigned against the mistreatment of their lives and working condition. I was alive when internet became second life to many people. I am part of this blogging movement. I was born into history and I am still in my contemporary history. I am part of history and during the Black History month in London I read some of my poems and I felt part of this ongoing human history.

Therefore, if I could witness any event in history it would be what I am experiencing every day in life. But if I should go back in the past I would choose the French Revolution, because it was the beginning of our modern day. It was the movement that brought alive human right in full force. I would also fight against Slavery and fight along some great women and men during the Civil Right Movement.

But now, my fight in history is for all people to be seen as people without discrimination – because discrimination is still in human history. I am part of history and as I see it, I don’t want time to pass me by without sucking the moment around me. I don’t want to get in older life feeling like I didn’t act for my OWN historical moment.

Now to you. Which part of historical event you wish you could witness?

P.S: My history is on the grow. I recently blowed another candle :)!

For my gift... mmm!

Why don't you guess what Hubby is giving me as a birthday present? There is a clue in the post ;)


  1. coming by from Mama Kat's workshop link...
    I love that you are actively aware of being a part of the ever-changing and always here history of the world.

    In my life so many things have happened that changed history's course and I can say "I was X when that happened" or "I remember what I was doing when that happened"- 9-11, the berlin wall falling, Obama taking office, Martin Luther King Jr, walking on the moon, Pluto no longer a planet, the fall of the Soviet Union... so many things that we take for granted without paying attention to the fact that they ARE history that our children and their children will learn about.

  2. Happy birthday, how about a laptop? Interesting thought about making history (with blogging). It's true. Onward!

    Stopping by from writer's workshop. Here's my link if you get a chance to visit by: http://zemeks.blogspot.com/2010/10/historical-event-i-would-like-to-have.html

  3. @Dawn, I still remember 9-11 like no other day in history.

    It was around 15.30 Italian time when the Breaking News caught my attention, the same year Aliayah died so I was thinking "they are going back to her funeral and how her plane crashed", nut no it was the plan that killed million of innocent people.

    I was very young when the berlin wall fell but still remember the confusing images on the telly and also about the Gulf War and Arafat... You are righ to say that there are "so many things that we take for granted without paying attention to the fact that they ARE history that our children and their children will learn about."

    I want to sit down one day and ask my granmother what happened at certain time in her life. I want to bring history to life.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    @Karen, thanks for the wishes. No Hubby is getting me something else. I will reveal it next week but I would like my readers to guess what he is giving me. I gave a clue in the post.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Hmmm... that's a tough one... laptop to keep blogging? Trip to Italy? lol

    And I agree... everyday is worth something... we are a part of something. I recently read a quote in a book "The meaning of life is the good you put in it."... or something like that. Anywho... your life is what you make of it... LIVE! :)

  5. Happy Birthday!

    Wow - what exciting times! I would have loved to have been around during the Battle of Hastings in 1066 - on the English side of course. The French Revolution, though so needed for injustice, devolved in horrific injustices. I think it would have been exciting to have lived during the American Revolution. Your description is full of such great nobleness. My choices are out of sheer curiosity!
    Yours was very inspiring:)

  6. I also chose this prompt this week. It's true so many things have happened this century.

  7. Happy Birthday to you! Very interesting and thought provoking. I can agree that often I've wished that I could go in history and fight along side the civil right movers & shakers or the slavery abolitionist.

    But as you so rightful said, history is being made everyday and we are apart of tomorrow's history. And the truth is there are still so many causes to fight. Many of the past causes have changed their face in today's setting and are more subtle to recognize, but just as destructive when gone undetected.

    The blog is an incredible vehicle to use to bring about change and I have been fortunate enough to participate in a few blog campaigns for change.

    Great post :)

  8. Thank you Quiskaeya, you use words beautifully "Many of the past causes have changed their face in today's setting and are more subtle to recognize, but just as destructive when gone undetected."

    At the Black History Month there were three girls pointing about the discrimination I wrote about. For instance stop and search target some people and not others. some people think that because we can vote or sit on the same bus we have all the right in the world, but there are many things still to do.

  9. I used to think that all the time too-that all amazing historical milestones has already happened and it would be incredible to go back in time and live through them. I mean, god, wouldn't it have been so cool to help get women's right to vote and help fight slavery?! But yes, you are right, there is still much left to do and this is a pretty cool time to live in today. What's going to happen next?! : )

  10. That's an awesome way to look at it. Every day we are part of history! Stopped in from Mama Kat's.

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