Written by: E, adoptee
The theme of journey is very prominent in the world of adoption. As persons who were adopted we may go on long journeys to find ourselves, meet certain people, or learn more about our biological heritage. Speaking personally, my entire life has been one continuous journey…never feeling fulfilled in one particular place and always trying to find the next corner and see what’s around it.
It was important to me then that I share this piece of music with you because its central theme is also about journey. It is called “La Golondrina,” or “The Swallow”, and it was composed in 1862 by the Mexican physician Serradell Narciso Sevilla. Sevilla wrote the song before being exiled to France during the French occupation. Its lyrics use the image of a migrating bird (i.e. a swallow) to express longing for one’s homeland, and it became the signature song of exiled Mexicans.
Despite all the journeys that I have been on, including learning more about my genetic history and meeting my first mother, I discovered that the destination I was supposed to arrive at all along was in music. It had been calling me all my life but I did not have the full capacity to heed its call. I think a part of me was always afraid of the unknown places it might lead me. However, making music eventually became a need more than a choice, and I was pretty much powerless to resist it.
I also wanted to share this piece of music because it speaks to the importance of following our hearts, even though we often do not know where they will take us, and even if it flies in the face of conventional wisdom. Often times this is much easier said than done. However, by following your heart you will be carving out a niche for yourself in this world that is wholly and authentically yours. It is empowering for me to know that no matter what obstacles life throws in my way I always have the love of music and the guitar to fall back on. But I didn’t discover this passion all at once. It came upon me bit by bit as I kept listening to my heart and choosing to follow where it led me.
There was a time in my life when I was very preoccupied with thoughts about adoption and how I could “fix” it somehow. However, I eventually came to see that I first had to create peace in my own life and find a way to sustain meaning and fulfillment. Music presented me with this opportunity. I said goodbye to adoption and all its “stuff” for a long time and focused instead on art.
So my advice to anyone is that you trust your heart and the life it wants to create for you. You may have to weather many storms in order for its dreams to come true, but this is part of what it means to exist. Safe travels my friends.
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