Love and Identity

Taken by Sarah Cole Kammerer Photography

I didn’t think coming back to the U.S. would be difficult: America is my home, my place of comfort. However, in my absence, so much has changed that it has been challenging to find my place….again.

When I wrote this blog post last October, never did I think I would become comfortable living in India. But as time passed, India became a big part of me and how I see the world and perhaps most surprisingly, it actually became normal.

Or take it from from another perspective: I am now back in the U.S., trying to fit into a place that isn’t quite the same as it was when I left. Life, as it does, goes on.

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to share the stage with five storytellers as part of Eye on India, an annual cultural festival that runs throughout June and July. As I listened to each person’s experiences, all very different, I realized that the same themes were woven throughout each of our stories: the notions of love and identity.

And that was perhaps, the biggest realization: living in India opened my world while helping me to understand just how small the world really is. The lessons that I learned and the people that I met, are not all that different from what I knew before, now I just have a broader, different perspective.

My story is about my heart and soul split in two places: one you call home and one that became home. America – a place that has brought peace and joy and love, as well as frustration and heartbreak – and India, a place that has brought the same.

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About Sarah Cole Kammerer

Sarah Cole Kammerer focuses on advancing women's health, specifically in marginalized communities. She holds a master’s degree in public health and was awarded a 2012-13 Fulbright Research Grant to India to pilot a family planning program among women's groups in tribal communities. In "Global Storming," she tells stories about India and shares her thoughts on the global impact of women's issues. Find more atwww.sarahcolekammerer.com.