I met Aminata Ba from Senegal in January 2015 when I moved into a students' flat in Brussels shared by 3 of us. I can't say exactly the mental space I was in, but I was back to taking antidepressants. when I even look at my Google photos, there is only one clear photo from January 2015 which is of me in school looking irritated someone took it to begin with. Ami and I took no picture together in the 4 months we lived together, life then was all about trying to stay alive and hustle to pay bills and eat even if once a day (I could care less tbt).
Six years later, we meet, can sit down for hours over breakfast and update each other on our milestones after a walk in the hood, and I returned home 4+ hours later so happy for all. I listened to Ami with rapt attention, I could feel the joy in her too. She is here on a mission and is working as an expatriate in Dakar wow wow wow.