Definition: Sankofa (pronounced: sahn-kaw-fah); Akan; noun (phr)
1. Go back and fetch it.
Why I love this word:
We must look back to the past so that we may understand how we became what we are, and we are able to move forward with a better future. This isn't dwelling on the past and thinking about what could have been, no, this is realizing and acknowledging your past and moving forward with it. I always hear people say that the past is in the past, or to move forward, and to me it feels like the advice is reigning on people to forget where they came from or to remove unpleasant memories from their minds, or to forget the mistakes made. This word, to me, means that you are fully aware of your previous actions, your previous thoughts, and your old ways and if they are all negative and you are working towards a better life in the future, then these are the experiences that you are pulling from. Don't ignore your past, but don't dwell on it either. Learn.
Photograph by Ryan Scott Welsh