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skiing initiation

SKIING, NOW OR NEVER.

Besides how clumsy and unattractive I see myself on skis, my skiing initiation turned out to be a before-and-after.

To ski is to experience the serenity of going up on the chairlift, knowing that when you get to the top, the descent will begin. With the descent comes the risk, the adrenaline, the pulsations…and the fun begins. But all this requires being in shape, something I had given up on and quickly began to regret. The legs usually hurt, but in bad shade they squeak and muscles break (and some broke, in fact).

One may wonder, how many things we have denied ourselves in our lifetime. Whether as a precaution, internal beliefs, indoctrinations or influences from opinionated people, the result is always inaction. Excuses like “it’s too expensive” (when it really isn’t – depending on where you go) are all too common. But the “I don’t have time” makes me cringe the most and is one of the most recurrent. I don’t doubt there are very busy people out there but we all take time for who and what we really want.

I don’t mean to imply that everyone should ski at some point in their life, although I recommend it. You experience the fear of speed, the sense of instability, of being outside your comfort zone. It is more about personal introspection, of asking oneself, of knowing oneself, of evaluating the things one does, of the time one has left and of acting accordingly.

There is no doubt, time passes and the final prize rests inside a wooden box or a ceramic vase.


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THE UNHAPPINESS OF THE PERFECTIONIST.

It’s curious how social standards are created, let alone the paradigms or, as I call them, the customs of “this was always the case”.

A hardworking person with resolutive abilities and who communicates well is always well regarded and ‘should’ be well valued at the professional level. Capabilities and skills are many, but among all these qualifiers the one that always caught my attention is that of perfectionist, especially when self-attributed.

Someone once said with an air of restrained pride… I’m very perfectionist and demanding. No doubt, in the vast majority of cases, this is accompanied by frustrated, insecure and somewhat asshole. And the fact is that the frontier of perfectionism is complicated to find and usually shares its limits with those of the observer’s demand… which, on the other hand, is not usually excessively high…

We live in an imperfect world where imperfection and an ‘organized’ chaos envelops us and going ‘half way’ may be the smartest way, although perhaps not the most perfect.

Trying to achieve perfection in a world that is not, is a daring that some believe to reach, and other “purists” swallow it.

A path to eternal frustration, to unhappiness and even to our darkest and most paralyzing side.

Perfection lacks emotion, because emotions are random and imperfect as they depend on each person and other variables difficult to predict. Does emotional intelligence contribute to being closer to possible perfection? Not feeling anything… is it perfection?

What is perfection? A perfect square that only a few are able to appreciate or a square adjusted to the reality of the viewer?. The obsession to reach it, is this part of the stupidity of the human being ?. Maybe a way of feeling that is above mediocrity, the normal, the predictable?.

There are many artists who have shown that within imperfection there is a singular beauty which, in many occasions, is more complicated to achieve, as it moves away from the pure mathematics of perfection.

The understanding of perfection is the key. If you want to create something perfect for the human eye to see … the limit will be its capacity of appreciation. To go further… can be silly.

Finding the balance of what is beautiful, the harmony of what is well made within the order and pulse that our universe sets, as well as understanding that everything is constantly changing… will take us out of the darkness.

 

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DESTINY LEVERS

If the evolution of our existence were shown in the form of levers, what would we throw? Some affect our knowledge, others to health, others to the sentimental level, others to the economic, in fact we do nothing but be pulling them at all times and many times without realizing it.

In most of the moments when we decide in our life there is no turning back. As with the needles of a train, once the train starts to deviate it must continue. Otherwise, if we tried to change the course when making a change of direction, it would surely derail.

From that approach come the questions: How many derailments does life permit? One? Two? Five? None?

The concept of responsibility arises. That so skillfully handled by insurance companies. Concept as chained as sticky and that in many cases is a real trap.

This is why, before moving the lever and orienting our train, we must learn, inform ourselves, develop a critical mind and finally decide our next destination.

Passengers to the train!

Translation by Google translator.

 

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LEVITATING IS GOOD

A colleague by profession, who traveled often through the rest of Europe, once made this comment: “The first time you go to an unknown place, where you don’t understand the language, you feel a sensation as if you were levitating, as if you were floating “

At that time I was not very “traveled” and my excursions outside Spain were few and brief. In the same way that happens with the clients of anyone who earns their living as a freelancer, or they do not call or call all at once, that static life made another one more dynamic, to the point of going to live in another country.

The point is that, at some point, I experienced that feeling they told me about. Mainly provoked by the uncertainty of wandering through a place where the rules and customs are different. That uncertainty that arises when they take you out of your comfort zone and you have no choice but to open your eyes and see what happens, wake up, learn and adapt.

The airports, so common for many people today, are probably the places where the concentration of levitations is highest. Where people float more. Levitations that start with the farewell and will shoot on arrival.

On one occasion, having a coffee and some candy in an airport, the person who attended us told us: “With that amount of sugar, you will be flying out before you get on the plane”. That person did not realize that he was showing me another way to float, but in this case wrapped in a gloomy halo of insalubrity.

Conclusion? If you travel and feel that Levites will learn new things. Not only of the place you visit, but also of you.


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