Twenty years since communism

This December Romania celebrated twenty years since the fall of communism. In many ways, I cannot believe it’s been twenty years already, mostly because I expected a lot more to happen in my native country in twenty years, but also because I can’t believe it’s been twenty years since I was a preteen – fourteen to be more exact. This is crazy! I still remember growing up under communism, being constantly afraid of the secret police and mindful that they are listening to our private conversations.

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Thinking about the past

I’ve been thinking some more about this idea of starting an autobiography category, but the more I think about it, the more I realise that it’s more complicated than I initially considered. A chronological biography is unappealing to me, and possibly useless for my readers as well.

But perhaps focussing on the mile-stones that influenced my journey would be a useful exercise. The difficulty, or rather the challenge is to look in balance at both the bad and the good experiences. I am very much aware of the hurt and oppression from my past, while at the same time acknowledging their formative quality. Perhaps a reflection on this aspect of my journey could make this category worth-while.

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New category

I’ve decided to start a new autobiographical category,  not because I’ve acheived so much in my life-time 🙂 but because I think it is helpful  for people to get an idea of where I’m coming from and what is the underlying narrative that defines who I am and what I do, and what this blog is about.

So watch this category for a narrative of my journey. Coming up!