Sawubona, is a zulu greeting, like hello or bonjour. Sawubona translates to “we see you”. And then you respond with yebo sawubona, “we see you too”.
But if I’m just one person, why do I say “we” rather than “I”?
Because in zulu tradition, I is the connection to an ancient lineage of ancestry, which means that my ancestors are always with me, I’m never alone.
There’s no worse feeling than feeling invisible, but there’s no higher acknowledgment than being seen. To see someone is to understand where they come from, their flaws, their virtues, their humanity.
And to be seen is what we all want.