If you are sitting here gazing at your screen wondering why in the world I would make papaya the focus of my blog name I am still a little surprised too. One of the most underrated fruits to really ever exist, but for one sole reason is important to uniquely me. My name is Maiya. Often has been referred to as Maiya Papaya. To be quite frank with you, I have never tasted a papaya in my life, but I enjoy the nickname and I am a huge fan of alliterations. I always envied those girls with the long enough names to have a cute nickname. For instance my three best friends; Natalia to Nat, Danielle to Dani, Emily to Em. Lets be real, Mai just does not cut it for a cool nickname.
As I sit here trying to muster up an interesting line for my first ever blog post aka public exposure at its finest, the only word that comes to mind is syntax. For those that don’t know; Syntax – the arrangement of words and phrases to create well-formed sentences in a language. The way words ebb and flow means everything to me. A creative outlet, lyrics to relate to, human connection, full self expression and quite frankly gives us all an identity.
As I have spent the past year trying to find my own identity, I encourage you to try it out as well. I have recognized boundaries, learned to let go of expectations (still a work in progress), how to love me for me (I still have my bad days) and to remember to not let a person, place or thing define you. I put in the work to change myself not only physically, but mentally and spiritually and I am at the healthiest stage I have ever been in my short 24 years. It is possible and believe me, you won’t regret, or at least that is how my papaya perception sees it. Despite all my cheesy cliches (I hate them too), trust in yourself and put in the work to better yourself. There is nothing more important than that.
The ambiguities of language, both in terms of vocabulary and syntax, are fascinating: how important connotation is, what is lost and what is gained in the linguistic transition. — Marilyn Hacker