Three weeks ago, I embarked upon a spiritual journey, unlike anything I’ve ever done. The inspiration – recognizing a generations-long pattern of poor behavior exhibited by the men in my family, including myself, and having a few conversations with a spiritual guide to gain clarity in my own life. It was suggested I travel from DC (where I live) to New Orleans first to begin the process and from there, Trinidad and Tobago, the birthplace of my dad and much of his family.
I’m currently in New Orleans and have been here for three weeks. I arrived on a one-way ticket with a few hundred dollars in my pocket. Even not having a flight booked for Trinidad, my plan was to be in New Orleans for three days and Trinidad for seven. It’s actually a good thing that plan didn’t work out because I’ve learned a number of lessons in the time I’ve been in Crescent City – understanding what a spiritual life will look like for me, watching and learning from entrepreneurial friends how to have a sustainable business and healthy marriages, and not feeling bad for asking for help while being open to receiving positive responses. All of this has kept me in a state of self-reflection to unlearn all the thoughts and behaviors which never served me well. Being resourceful has kept me afloat (I’ve stayed with friends and in hostels). Faith and persistence have kept me seeking ways to come up with the money needed to fly from New Orleans to Trinidad, then back to DC.
My ask is for $1500. This will cover the cost of last-minute travel from New Orleans to Trinidad and then back to DC, a week’s stay in an Airbnb in Port of Spain, and food & transportation while in Trinidad. While there, I’ll be visiting any elder relatives living on the island, the country’s vital statistics office, and national library to conduct my ancestral research.
It’s my hope to be on a plane to Trinidad this week so I can return to DC next week. Friends and family at home have been supportive, but are also concerned despite the constant reassurances of my safety. To everyone who reads this, I hope my story has inspired you to not only contribute but also embark upon your own ancestral and spiritual journey. Thank you!