Honestly I didn’t know how to start writing it. I spent lots of hours doing everything (or nothing) but not writing. Every time I sit to write there are a thousand small things to do before: check my email, reply to messages, drink tea (very important!!😄). I think it’s my anxiety and fear of opening up makes me put things off for later or until never. But I know I need to write because it helps me. And I want to be honest even if it hurts me and even if I’m afraid of it. Let’s pretend that you all are psychologists and you won’t be judging me or jail for dissent 😅
So my name is Sofia (you knew it already) and I’m from Crimea (you didn’t know it yet). Usually people have two reactions when they hear where I am from:
1.Awkward “mmm” because they have no idea where it is or
2.Awkward “ohhhh” because they are good at geography and politics.
I don’t want to tell you that boring history about my region (it’s more funny because I have degree in history science😅) but shortly Crimea is the most beautiful place in the world. And before 2014 it was part of Ukraine but after 2014 it became part of Russia. According to the Ukraine and international law Crimea was occupied. According to Russia, Crimea was returned to its historical homeland.
So I lived in Ukraine, witnessed the events of 2014 and lived in Russia. And all of this without leaving the borders of Crimea😆
After first awkwardness people ask me several questions and usually they are all the same:
1.Which side are you for?
2.How do you feel about the war?
3.So who are you, Russian or Ukrainian?
I’ll write the answers to these questions later, as well as how I ended up where I am now.
Spoiler – it wasn’t easy, but not for reasons one might think of 🙈
But I also have a question for you: did you know where Crimea is?