Our culture can help us make sense of well... everything! It’s often when we’re a culture that’s different to our own, we recognise our values, beliefs and traditions are pretty unique.
Living away from our Pacific culture can make us feel disconnected, and a bit lost. It can help to actively reconnect with people and activities that remind us of our Pacific roots and heritage.
Some simple ways we can do this include:
Many times, these sorts of activities combine lots of things that boost our wellbeing, like being active, connecting with others, learning, being present and giving our time.
Also those who are like us, from a similar generation or with a similar background, can often be an amazing support, as they tend to naturally understand what things are like from our perspective. It’s so great when we hear someone reply with ‘I know what you mean’ or ‘I know how you feel.’ It’s our Pacific aiga and friends who can do this.
There are also lots of benefits to be gained in participating in cultural activities, as when we do these things it creates meaning and supports our sense of identity. That’s pretty special. In fact we can’t really go wrong! Connecting with our culture is really good for us.