“He made it to the ocean had a smoke in a tree The wind rose up set him down on his knee A wave came crashing like a fist to the jaw Delivered him wings ‘Hey look at me now’ Arms wide open with the sea as his floor (…) He floated back down 'cause he wanted to share His key to the locks on the chains he saw everywhere (…) And he still gives his love, he just gives it away The love he receives is the love that is saved And sometimes is seen a strange spot in the sky A human being that was given to fly” Eddie
The decision to start this blog relates to a significant change in my life over the past few months. This blog is to be a tool, an outlet of all that has been going on since my epiphany and let my friends know where they stand with me from now on.
I have been reading and discussing a lot (specially with Catarina) about all these changes and developed a strong feeling to keep a record of where I was, where I’ve been, where I am and where I want to be and writing seems the way to go.
I do this not only for me but for the people I care about and my friends in the antipodes. Mainly for them to be honest, so they don’t get too shocked the next time we meet – I want to tell them now that I have seen ‘the light’ and this blog is one way to share it.
I will always endeavour to write in the first person because I do not like to talk on behalf of anyone else. But know that I know how lucky I am to have my dear Catarina by my side, sharing the same vision. In fact she was the one who introduced me to this philosophy/way of living.
The decision to write in English was made because I am fortunate enough to have made friends who are ‘English-only-communicators’ (though K. does speak an amazing Spanish), that would struggle to get google translator decipher some of the Portuguese language peculiarities. All my Portuguese friends speak very good English. Besides the keyboard I use doesn’t have any ‘acentos’ or is it ‘assentos’?
I have been writing a lot since the start of the year as it allows me to organise my ideas better and express them more coherently. It has helped my personal growth immensely. It has forced me to associate and think more, on all that is happening around me due the information I’ve been gathering and the changes in my habits and desires.
The fact that I have been reading more from the experience of others (Leo Babauta and The Minimalists) hasn’t hurt either – if any of my words look significantly similar to theirs, it’s not a coincidence.
I am convinced that I have been introduced to a way to live a more meaningful, significant and happy life – I’ve even been accused of joining a cult, such has been the change noticed in my actions and words. The means to accomplish it was presented to me by Catarina (an incredible woman and one of my role-models), in December 2015.
This movement/life philosophy is called Minimalism (ALL HAIL – private joke) and defends that you can be happier with less. It takes a lot of work but in the short time I have been dedicated to it, I already feel a huge difference.
There are lot of clichés throughout these wanderings of mine, but try to keep an open mind and take them in at their meaning (and my interpretation of them) and not judge. Anyway, you’ll know more about what I have been learning and implementing with regards to habits, relationships, health, anchors, personal growth, passions and contribution – we can take it from there.
If, based on this introduction, you’re fearful or worried for your friend’s mental health then I’m happy because you care. And honestly, looking back over the changes I decided to make in my life over the past few months, I get a bit incredulous as well – but no regrets whatsoever because the results have been splendid so far. Wait, I lie, I regret not starting sooner. But again, it could’ve been a lot later or never at all.
Anyway, I hope you can take something away from my words and also add some of your own. I need your challenging comments to carry on down this path – looking forward to walk it with you.