I have seen many relatives in Finland. Here’s a second cousin (whose name I’ll withhold for privacy). What do you think….is there a family resemblance?
The trip was a very interesting one. I saw my DNA in its many forms, but not obscured with American culture. And I came away understanding a great deal about myself. I met many people with whom there was a near-instant bond that transcended culture. It was obvious within minutes that we were alike even though separated by 100 years and two different cultures.
I’ve always been one to think in contingencies. Not only have a plan B, but a plan C and plan D. And I found in Finland a culture that thinks the same ways. And it became apparent that the climate is so harsh in the winter that failure to think that way killed off those who did not. It’s no surprise that I have this quality; it’s not really luck, but rather the result of thousands of years of necessity embedding itself as a DNA rule.
If you have a unique heritage, I strongly recommend the experience of visiting the motherland. You will walk away understanding a considerable amount about why you think the way that you do and what parts of you are from culture and what parts of you are hard-wired.