Roots and Wings


Johan Wolfgang von Goethe said: “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.”

What an interesting quote. Roots and Wings. Roots are meant to stay grounded, growing in place. Wings allow you to take flight and see the world. Is it possible to have both?

To answer that question, more questions arise. What are roots? Are roots established in one location or many? How does an individual fortify their roots while also using their wings? 


As an individual who has lived in the same city for a majority of my life, does that make me an expert on roots? In the time I didn’t live in the city I have grown up in, I have moved to a city where I didn’t know a soul and traveled to several different countries across the world. The ratio of time spent where my roots are, and time using my wings is very disproportionate, which leads to the question: can you spread...