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Silver line in the cloud, there surely is no hurry, but would you mind showing up?!


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Exams

Even though I planned to make this a reminder of all the things I ought to be grateful for, there are moments when everything seems to be falling apart, and I don’t know where to turn to and find the good in my life.
I usually turn to health, I went through tricky times in the past, but nothing too worrying, or painful, or sudden.
Well, I was deaf for some time, and had to undergo some surgery, and not too pleasant tests, but I never really worried too much, or for too long.

But this time it was different. I’ve been worrying and being tested for months, not all the time of course, but it’s been a long, exhausting process. And every time you’re told that maybe some more tests are needed, the dark clouds grow darker, and the silver lining seems to disappear. And you can’t even say well, at least I still have health. Because, you know, maybe you don’t.

And then comes the day you go for another exam, and the person before you leaves the examination room in tears, and it looks like a bad sign.
And then your test is good, perfect, nothing is wrong. Of course you need to be careful and have regular check ups, but you’re fine.
And the dark clouds start to fade, and you can see the light again. The sun.

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Online

Sometimes we get so used to things that we start taking them for granted, until they’re gone. Yes, like nonstop electricity or water, exactly.

Sometimes it’s not something as necessary as water, not even quite necessary as clothing, or somewhat necessary like a car.

Sometimes I realise I am not grateful enough for the opportunities that the Internet offers.

I wouldn’t be writing this blog.
Not that it’s a life-saving kind of blog, but it’s a useful reminder that I always have something to be grateful for.

I wouldn’t be constantly in touch with friends and family that are thousands of miles away, most of the times.
Sure, we might do with a break, but we would be missing so much on each other’s life that we would either become estranged or talk for days on end at the first opportunity.
And those who know me know that I can, literally.

And I wouldn’t have the possibility to learn so many new things every day. No, I’m not talking about Wikipedia. Well, not only.
I have been attending Coursera courses for some time now, and I keep being amazed at how lucky I am to have a chance to study, with people from all over the world, courses taught on the other side of the ocean, for free, from my desk.
How terrific is that.


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things to be grateful for – day five (and no typos)

No intended ones, anyway.

Funny things you see in this city: cactus listening to lovely music.
Grateful for a heartfelt laugh, last night 🙂

listening to lovely music


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things to be grateful four – day for

Well no, it’s not a typo, I just couldn’t help being silly with the title.
I can’t help being silly most of the time, to be honest.


 

I have been living here for a year now, studying hard(ish), volunteering here and there, making friends, taking pictures, getting to know a Country and the zillion of cultures mixed and living together. I never imagined such huge differences could exist in a tiny, tiny Country.

I am grateful for this year, it was a big leap into the void, at times I have thought it was a huge mistake, and maybe it was. Couldn’t make a better one, though.

The downside of this amazing experience is, needless to say, that I have spent all my money and I am nearly completely broke. It was an investment, and I hope it will bear some fruit. Still, I am broke.

I woke up this morning, checked my messages, and there it was! My former boss saying somebody is waiting for my CV. It’s in another Country, but a very nice one. And hey, did I mention I’ve been here for a year already?!

I am not sure where this will lead, and I know I wanted to write about the things I am grateful for in general, but today I can’t help feeling grateful for the opportunity.

I dare even say I am happy.


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Things to be grateful for – day three

One thing I was aware of when I decided to work in Development: my life was not going to be stable.

I was probably never going to buy a house – even if now I dream of a place of my own; I wasn’t going to see my family much, see them grow up or grow old, miss a lot of their lives; I was even prepared not to have a family of my own – and I am clearly having second thoughts on that, too.

What I really was not expecting, though, were friends.
I get to work with amazing people, share nights and days with them, work and relax, office and house.
Sometimes it is too much, but I am sure life would be much harder if I were to be on my own in a new place every time.
Sometimes colleagues remain just that, and sometimes they become friends. Real friends. The type that you always feel close, despite oceans between you. The friends you only realise how much you’ve missed when you meet again.

That’s what I am grateful for today, friends who will always somehow be in my life, and that I will manage to meet in the most unlikely places, airports, stations, by chance in a pub, one night.