27 ene. 2012

dream big

Dreams. We grow on them. We build our hearts with them. They fulfill our souls and minds and give us hope in the worst of moments and brighten our happy ones.

I just received a letter from a dear old friend of mine. Oh, letters! Those romantic things our grandparents used to send to one another. Anyways, today, when I receive it, and you can imagine it’s not too often I receive one; I suddenly got a little bit of inspiration and happiness. I haven’t seen my friend since this summer but I obviously keep in touch with her, after all, even if we have letters, we also have Skype, WhatsApp and others…but this letter has given me so much more than any type of technology can ever give me. After a not-so-good day, with tons of studying and crazy thoughts in mind, when I started reading this letter I was immediately moved by her words.

Let me tell you her story:

My friend left her home in search for an adventure. When you leave your whole life at 20, no matter where you go, you start a new and incredible chapter in your life. I confess sometimes I think she has gone completely crazy, but most times, I think she is one of the bravest people I know, for being able to leave everything behind and go into the unknown, leaving almost everything to fate.

I cannot describe what I feel right now. Usually, I can write my feelings, but this letter said more than I could write here; simply because it was written from her heart, with such joy. Thanks to her words, I feel a sense of adventure, a need to change something, to do something exciting and unique that will shape my life and create an amazing memory to tell my grandchildren one day. I don’t know what my little or grand quest will be, but I’m intrigued of what it might be.

Thank you, RochiBelt, for giving me this sense of adventure once again, for pushing me to do something passionate and exciting.

I wish you the best in your quest and hope you find something magical in every place you set your foot on, 
and remember that we will always be here waiting for you!

8 ene. 2012

back to the books

I guess it is time to go back to school, to studying, to exams but also to my family and friends. Tomorrow I say goodbye, officially, to my semester abroad and to my Christmas holiday to start a new semester at home with my loved ones.


Wish me good luck for the new adventure! 

5 ene. 2012

fighting wars

There comes that time in life when we wonder about our lives. We look at what we have gone thru in the past and imagine what our future will be like. As human beings, we have the capacity of thinking and rationalizing; of going beyond with these thoughts, letting them invade us, and not always, in the best of ways. These same thoughts can trap us in our worst fears and nightmares, they throw us down and sometimes, they even drive us crazy. The more we know, the more we think, after all:
“ignorance is bliss”
The fight against one’s own fears is the greatest of all. Passing exams, tests or interviews are easy task we have to face every day, but fighting our minds and hearts is not just any task. Every once in a while, we discover those dark thoughts inside us and we let them grow inside, eating up the good moments and the beautiful memories.

How do we fight back? 
How do we return to that happy place

We must find out our fears to fight them, I know it sounds a little "movie-like", but it's true. If you find what you fear you can control it and you can learn from it so you can fight it again in the future. Look out for anything that might cause your anger or sadness and try to avoid it. If you can't do so, try to find a happy place to hold on to, or rely on one of the pillars in your life. I have always said that everyone has three basic pillars in their lives:
      1. Family
      2. Friends
      3. Work or studies
If your family fails you, go to your friends, they'll be there when you most need it and they might even surprise you, new and strong friendship might appear out of the blue. If your friends act out on you, you can go to your family because family is family and they will support you no matter what. As for work or studies, if that is not working out at the moment, don't worry, karma will kick in and your hard work will soon show and you'll get back on your feet. My mom always says that "everything, except death, has a solution", so remember:

I know it is hard to fight one's own fears, but you can do it. Take your time to find your way, because rushing into something might hurt the process and, of course, yourself. As humans, we are able to love and hate, but do not forget, we are also capable of growing within, learning, fighting and finding our inner peace and our outside equilibrium. With patience and help from loved ones, we can fight anything!! 
Never forget that!