Walking and talking on the phone with one of my besties living abroad. It felt as if no distance were between us and we could have made plans to meet up later on.
Friendship is really everything and I am forever grateful for the years I spent in Rome, since they gave me some of the best people in my life.
How can we make a difference in the world?
My answer is: by being ourselves, acting within the ‘limits’ of our own lives.
You see, the ‘problem’ nowadays is that, for an action to be plausible and even exist, it has to be acknowledged, reported in magazines and social media. The more covered in glam and sophistication, the better.
My view is that we need to get past all of this nonsense.
Blogs, for instance, don’t have to be super famous or feature hundreds of followers to make me smile, think, enjoy, imagine. I don’t always hit the “like” button on everything I see and strikes me positively. Yet, a blogger has had an impact on me without necessarily being fully rewarded in terms of likes, followers, comments.
People are sometimes stuck trying to achieve great things, be a philanthropist, become a celeb: anything blatant worth being reported and shared in the media. So, what we get is mediocrity, conformism.
Similar attempts for similar goals lead to similar mediocrity, clichés, style and even language.
“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
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Alongside my first, part-time job, I tutor children and teens at an after-school learning center.
Although some prefer teaching older teens, which I tend to agree with, those still at middle school can be adorable. They are at a crucial time in their lives. Right after elementary school, they are now learning to stand on their own feet both in the world in general and in learning matters.
I have been tutoring a little student, in particular, whose smile when he meets other teachers and me shows he hasn’t grown too bored of teachers (or life’s routine) yet. His good manners, on the other hand, show that a lot of good work has been put into his upbringing by his parents and he is now ready to put them to good use.
So there they are: very young people whose pure child inside lives alongside an effort to have their say, prove they’re doing it right.