“I’m just a girl discovering my place in this world.” — My Name is Divine (jina langu ni Divine)
I’m one day away from wrapping up an 11 year journey. Writing a song about Divine’s life story was one of my highlights. Her song was my first commissioned songwriting project to write a song for/about someone else. Divine and I became like two peas in a pod and bonded immediately.
But to write her song, I needed to fully immerse myself in her story. I needed to know her, feel her, understand her. And that took time because someone has to feel safe to share deeply.
I finished writing Divine’s song while in Joshua Tree. And I recall how that line struck a chord while wandering in the desert. “I’m just a girl discovering my place in this world.”
While her song was created for a production to be woven together with the stories of other refugee students, what was revealed to me in that creative process was that aspects of Divine’s story are interwoven with aspects of my story. I recognized myself in her joy and triumph, her pain and loss.
I too am just a girl discovering my place in this world.
Perhaps you resonate with that on some level too — the awareness of wandering, discovering, recognizing.
Perhaps it’s through storytelling that we’re able to understand how our collective tapestry is woven by story threads that are more alike than different.