Today, I was accused of offending another culture with my blog’s name. I further got accused of not caring about offending other cultures.
Few months back, I stepped into the travel blogging world with a simple goal – to learn about life through people, places, and culture. But, today I got the first bump in my journey.
I received a message on the twitter page of my blog, then called HyperGypsy, by another blogger and here is the actual conversation verbatim –
Initially, I took the conversation in a lighter sense and assumed that she is not going to push it. It is practically impossible for me to know about all the different variations of a word and the only meaning I knew for the word Gypsy, was “being free-spirited or a nomad”
I started my journey of travel blogging with a very clear intent. Hyper Gypsy describes me as a person: I am Hyperactive by nature and I am free-spirited, “Gypsy,” by choice. I didn’t start my journey to offend cultures or create differences amongst people. On the contrary, I want to bridge them by traveling, and that’s what I believe in.
Here’s the definition of Gypsy according to Cambridge Dictionary
Here’s what happened next:
I acknowledged her thoughts and voiced my own opinion. I tried to reason out with her, but it was a Friday evening and I had some plans. So I tried to bring this conversation to an end.
It was another failed attempt of mine to share my thought process with her. She began accusing:
It hurt me at this point. I felt really helpless trying to explain myself to her. What hurt me most is the mentality.
Why would you take offense without taking into account, the intent of the other person? Why do we want to focus on the negativities? Why does our mind get drawn towards the wrong end?
On one hand, Gypsy is an offensive word, not in my limited knowledge, and on the other hand, it has the beautiful meaning of being a free-spirited person. Why does the negative weight over positive?
It started getting ugly from here:
I started HyperGypsy on 1st Jan 2016, I made wonderful friends who are travelers and received an overwhelming amount of love from the wonderful readers of my blog. But today, I got accused of offending another culture. This is the exact opposite of why I set out my journey. This is the exact opposite of why I travel. This is the exact opposite of why I exist. I am hurt, but not down.
I am Hyper Gypsy, a free-spirited traveler who will continue traveling around the world, promoting one culture, the culture of humanity.
If you are following my travel journey or you choose to in future, I promise one thing, I’ll be honest with you.
What happened next ? I went silent for a few weeks and changed the name of my blog to HyperTrypsy.
Further, I got the word Trypsy registered in the Webster dictionary so that no one can abuse the word again.
Live and let live!