In 22 years I’ve already lived in 14 different places - counting only those where I’ve stayed 3 months, at least.
Many people told me that I was very brave to across the sea and start over from scratch, but the reality is that I did it out of fear, fear of not following my inner voice that was screaming.
One day I was with my cousin, who is a doctor, in the port of Santos in Brazil, watching the ships entering and leaving their docks. When a huge cargo ship, that was old, all rusty and marked by a life of great adventures, crossed our path. Immediately, seized by the power of that vision, I told her; "Look what a beautiful thing this ship is." After a long silenced pause, she timidly replied, "I think it's amazing how you can see beauty in this old, battered thing."
We all live in systems. That’s a fact. Most of the time we are in the middle of different systems: family, friends, education, life goals, lifestyle, etc. And there’re endless options of actions within theses systems.
I am and always have been a person with many interests. A multiple being. This aspect in me was not always very well understood, it was even scolded many times in my childhood.
until very recently I would buy a new notebook, subscribe to a different meditation app, or insert-here-the-miraculous-item-of-your-choice, and repeat to myself: this time will be different, this time I will finally become a less chaotic person. Sometimes I convinced myself to try some hot new thing – hello #bulletjournal – or experiment a famous technique – pomodoro? #beentheredonethat, more than once.
we are not taught how to create a workflow that suits us. Lots of companies aren’t flexible enough about the employees’ schedules since the industrial workflow where the longest period of time you are there, working, manufacturing, biggest is the production and the profit. We seem to forget that most of the jobs don’t require this mindset anymore.
anxiety is something that lives in our urban modern daily life, it’s inevitable. If we’re not working in a project already thinking about how we’re going to solve the following problem even before it starts, it seems we’re not being productive enough.
"I believe life overflows, there's no tidy cup that can contain life! Suddenly it all gets spilled, it falls on you, you get dirty, and there's no way of making it fit in a nice and pleasant scheme". Identity should be a verb.
I doubt that there's someone who hasn't thought already on being creative during the lockdown. Either baking some new recipe, trying to make your own bangs or gathering the kids to recreate a do it yourself you've found online. And, on top of that, isn't there a crazy will to re-decor our whole house?!
what I found out in the last couple of years, is that when we change "brand" for "story", our mind expands. A story does not depend on anybody's approval, it is interesting by nature and does not need acceptance or niche markets to exist, because when a story is honestly told, a circle of people will naturally be formed.
We all know this is something we shouldn't do, it was already explained to us, more than once, but there's no way out: comparing ourselves to others is almost impossible to avoid, especially when talking about creative and artistic work. Sharing is caring, so I've decided to do a small list of some habits that are helping me to deal with this matter.