“I think birds are really misunderstood. I feel like they are so smart, have different personalities, are capable of loving, and being loyal. They know when I'm sad. They comfort me by stroking my hair with their tiny beaks. I don't nearly give as much love and patience as my birds give me.”
Ananna is a 20 year old Bengali-Canadian who immigrated from Bangladesh when she was 13 years old. Now, she’s a photography student at Ryerson University and does artist engagement for Steps Initiative, a public art not-for-profit. She loves biking, photography, and watching home reno shows. Her favourite thing about herself is that she is not afraid to get dirty, which works out well because when I asked her what her favourite place to find herself is she said, “under water or in the shower.” The thing that makes her laugh the most is when her and her fellow Bengali-Canadians joke about the most mundane things. When I asked Ananna how she feels she is perceived she responded, “Some perceive me as small, exotic, weak, and dumb af. Others perceive me as creative, funny, outgoing, and cute. Some people see me as a hobo, other people tell me I'm down to earth. So, we are all perceived in all sorts of ways… some ways hurt me then I have to remind myself how I perceive my self. I would like to be perceived as a sensitive, intelligent, easy going, young woman capable of loving and being loved. Who has an eagerness to grow and improve as a person, and a willingness to understand pain and the pain of others and give lots of hugs.”
What is one thing you know for sure?
"One thing I know for sure is that if you don't give a shit there's a slight chance you will accomplish your goals. If you give too many shits it stops you from starting anything at all. I'm trying not to give a shit now a days... think it helps."
What is the best quality in someone else?
Ability to feel empathy and show venerability