Over the last year, I went into a semi social media hibernation.

I don’t regret a second of it. It gave me a chance to regroup and explore what was most important to me, and how the world has changed so quickly in the last decade – which feels even more appropriate as the new GDPR laws and the concerns around Facebook’s data policies come to the forefront.

I had the opportunity to take part in a number of amazing projects, including learning from elders within my community as I heard them describe their journeys into the UK, and the world they knew at that time (look at My Story, Our Journey for more information). It was insightful to compare their world in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s to the one that we live in today.

It is easy to say that we have come a long way, and technology has provided us with opportunities that were once unimaginable. It is also easy to say that the youth of today cannot develop the same skills that used to be the norm, because they are so reliant on technology.

What I have observed is that the world is never going to go back to what it was, so the main thing that we can do is equip ourselves and future generations with the ability to look beyond technology, and reclaim the ‘real world’. (I have more to say on this, but will come back to it another day…)

In creating the exhibition for the above project, I witnessed talented artists bring the world to life with hand-painted murals depicting the world they see, and as imagined by the descriptions from their elders.

I also spent the year working with an amazing group of therapists and counsellors to help transform the lives of children in Birmingham. I feel grateful to have learnt so much more about therapy and how to maximise these skills with the support of Place2Be.

Working closely with both the elder and younger generations over the year, I know for sure that no matter what generation gaps exist, everyone has a basic longing for love, attention, empathy and respect. Everyone wants a place to belong – unconditionally.

No matter what technology gives us, it can never replace our relationships and the ‘human touch’ we long for… I was a workaholic for the last year – two jobs, little sleep and no free time cut my creativity to the core. No technology in the world could replace what I was missing – human connection and space for gratitude. In the last few weeks I have reconnected with people – human beings(!), and reminded myself why serving the world is my life’s aim… whichever method I end up using to do so.

As I return to the world of blogging I hope I can highlight the beauty of humanity that I see around me on a daily basis…

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