The only piece of advice I really treasure

Some time ago, inspired by all the lists of tips and suggestions for the new year resolutions I read and heard everywhere, I created my own half-serious suggestions list.

Do you remember?

I do not reject those pearls of wisdom, but I think that they are not as inspiring as I wished.

Today I stumbled upon a Mark Twain’s quotation I already knew, but that struck me as if I read it for the first time:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

It’s a fact that every century has its dreamers, inventors, visionaries. Depending on the time, they are and were treated in every possible way, from torture, derision, to awe, to suppression. But they all had something in common: the ability to go beyond the surface, to dare, to dream.

When Steve Jobs spoke the famous words, “Stay hungry, stay foolish!” he managed to sum up the unique philosophy of life that makes sense for me in a very short sentence.

The hunger for life accompanied by a certain amount of recklessness is not madness, it is the engine that should drive us to appreciate this journey, enjoying every opportunity, no matter who we are, where we live, how much money we have. What is appreciated by someone can be totally indifferent to another one.

Here is my list of what I have “explored” in recent years and that has enriched my life:

  •  create my own blog
  •  sing in a group
  •  practice Tai-chi
  •  practice Krav-maga
  •  discover the free online resources about meditation, energy techniques, motivational courses
  •  publish a household satirical magazine
  •  find resources that have inspired me to take care of my family and my home with no help
  • free myself from “reversed bias” (explanation follows) and learn to enjoy activities that I lived as a duty until a few years ago
  •  not being scared by washing machine and dishwasher breakdowns – yes, that’s right: as long as I can manage on my own, I will do it, screwdriver and clamp in my hand
  •  learn to say NO
  •  learn to let go of friendships that are fading
  • make room for new people, new ideas, new inspirations

None of this is making me rich (at least not yet …), less tired or perfect, but certainly eager to see what awaits me every morning.

And the great thing is that, the more I walk on this road, the longer becomes the trail of influences, imposed thoughts, unnecessary hesitation that I leave behind.

Even the “reversed bias” I mentioned before are terrible. Because of them we refuse “a priori” certain experiences, because we rebelled against them.

Take for example cooking. You already know what I think about it:

But when I try (“explore”) some new recipe, I like it! Just as I like it when the outcome of one of my pieces de resistance is confirmed for the umpteenth time.

Until some time ago I hated to cook, because as a girl I was surrounded by people who gave too much value to this ability. And I thought, “You bet your @$$ you will never see me sweating in the kitchen in this way.”

Life then took me to a certain point where I had to cook twice a day, lunch and dinner, every single day. For me it was a nightmare.

But one day, just for fun, I tried some cake recipes and it felt good. From then on I started experimenting and at some point I realized that after all cooking was not that bad and I could not believe that I had regarded it in this way for my whole life.

Cooking was not tiring, holding on to an idea that no longer belonged to me was.

Have I made you smile with this new article? I hope so, but I also hope that I’ve been able to make you feel the intensity I live everyday life with. This does not preserve me from living dark moments, but it gives me an awareness of the great light we can enjoy every day.

Have a nice weekend!

So you think you can write?

I love reading. I know you know. Since I started exploring the magical world of written words I could not stop.

I read anything: books, magazines, newspapers, labels, instructions, letters, blogs, mails…

I’ve always been fascinated by a good piece of writing. The feelings a good novel or a good article can bring up are priceless. I remember once getting goosebumps just reading an article about The Clash in the Rolling Stone magazine.

Loving this art so much, I really get disappointed when I read something and it does not match my expectations.

Unfortunately, this happens more and more lately.

Poor and empty books, articles and magazines are everywhere. And what upsets me the most is that often the authors are everywhere as well, celebrated like geniuses of the printed words.

The cultural level of the publishing industry is quickly sinking .

This damages not only the good writers and journalists, who still work with passion and attention, but also the readers, who unconsciously and gradually get used to low-quality writing and emptiness of content.

In this situation, many of us who love reading think they can also write. Hence, the incredible success of personal blogs and sites of creative writing. Some of them are really, really good and make you think that there is still hope. Others could use some editing and inspiration.

Where does my blog stand? I do not know and actually do not care. Do you know why?

Because writing in my own blog gives me the freedom to write whatever I want, whenever I want, about anything I want.

I think everyone should try it sooner or later. It is not like writing for yourself like you would a diary or dreaming about ending that novel in the drawer you are too ashamed to even talk about.

It is funny and empowering. It makes you want to explore different subjects, to challenge yourself to manifest your opinions and to discover something new about yourself.

Let’s call it blog-therapy! I highly recommend it!

Would you like to try it?