“The hardest task in life is not to create yourself; It’s to remember who you are. Deep down, you know it”.
Two weeks ago, I decided to take a solo trip. It was the first time I did such a thing, and to be honest I was very scared to be with me and myself for 48hours. At first, I did not know what to expect, but it certainly paid off.
This blog post is a result of one of the reflection moments I had during this weekend in Prague.
What are you so afraid of?
You know your reasons, you know your purpose. Stay true to it. So let’s open up. Not everyone of you knows the truth about myself.
I am a driver. This is one of my top contributions to whichever environment I am in. I will always drive things leading by example – and I feel even better when I see people getting inspired to become better for the world.
I am a very future-oriented person. This means that I am extremely anxious by nature, and it’s something I have been trying to work on improving; When there’s too much noise around, you can’t really drive the right things. And well, I need to learn how to think things through before I execute them.
I know a bit about everything: I am curious, sometimes too much: I wanna know everything about everything, so you can imagine that I buy thousand of books, listen to thousands of podcasts, and get overexcited about a certain topic where I expect to become an expert after 1 hour of deep diving into it. Of course it doesn’t work like that.
I am very intense. I live life at high-speed – but I also like to contemplate after the ride is finished, and take my time to recover.
My brain works like a rollercoaster; I’m very intuitive and I’ve got good perception on people and things happening around. In the last years, I have become a bit of a control freak – I wanna predict people, outcomes, everything. That’s because I’m also not a huge fan o failure. I like to win and to show to myself and to other that I won. Yes, I know it’s terrible but who am I to lie about my flaws? I’m pretty sure you got them,too.
I care a lot about people. That makes me very worried about having them feel good and making them see me as a good person. Of course, that’s not always how it goes, and if it doesn’t work out that way I suffer – like, really suffer.
If you want to simplify something, come to me: I like to act fast, so it will not be hard to make things less complicates and run them on the ground as soon as possible.
Ah, I also really care about aesthetics. I think better when I’m in a nice place, when this place is clean. I feel good, it just calls me down.
My dream in life is to be a massive change maker in something that will drive a better world. I want to be known for that, but still humble and approachable. Keeping real connections is one of the most important things in life for me. I don’t like shallow people or conversations, as genuine interest is one of my personal values.
I haven’t found this contribution yet, but I will. What about you?
Traveling is beautiful, right?
We can say that nowadays the life of travelers is one of the most desired ones, specially for younger generations. However, have you ever thought about the perks of being on the road all the time? Here you have 6 of thousands of funny facts about the life of everywhere citizens!
- No matter what you say, when your friends see you packing, they will think you are lucky. Even if you travel for work and barely have time to see around, some people will be envy and some will even criticize you.
- You sleep in so many different places that sometimes you wake up without knowing where you really are.
- Long layovers? Why pay so much for a hotel when you can nap on the floor? Yes, you might need to become a professional in sleeping in airports!
- You go out, you meet people, and in the end you promise to get together again. Truth is, after some weeks you kind of forget of some of them when they come to talk to you…
- When traveling around, you face a lot of weird situations and might get lost all the time. Relax, just enjoy the ride 🙂
- When you go back home after long trips, you get so confused: you want to lie in the couch like a potato, but at the same time you want to catch up with friends and go to the places you never go… Or even going back to the gym?OH MY GOD, but you are traveling again in two days!
More than everything, even with the perks, in the end being an everywhere citizen pays off due to the awesome memories you will carry with you!
“How wonderful is it that nobody needs to wait a single moment before beginning to improve the world” – Anne Frank.
Some days ago,I had the honour to visit for the second time a very historic place: The house where Anne Frank was hidden during the second world war and the holocaust. For those who never heard about her, Anne Frank was a german-born jewish girl, which is very famous for journaling about her journey during the holocaust. Anne was hidden in a attic for years, together with her family. More than that, Anne is a very important figure of this period for her hope and her thoughts, even after being caught by germans and moving to Auschwitz, where she died a bit before the war ended.
It was my second in the museum; however, I must admit that the situations in fist and second time were completely different, my thoughts were different, the impact was also much bigger now. This visit made me think that Anne Frank was a global citizen, even with all the happenings of the second world war.
But what is the definition of a global citizen?
Well, A global citizen is a person who has the following characteristics:
- Believes in their ability to make a difference for the world
- Is interested in the world issues
- Enjoys taking responsibility for improving the world
Of course, the question might be: “Why is global citizenship important?”
My answer for that is very simple: Have you seen what is happening in the world we live? The amount of attacks related to conflict between cultures has been growing each day, and we have been facing new waves of xenophobia and racism. It might seem like things are better, but sometimes we prefer to close our eyes and move on with our lives.
On that, I watched a super interesting video today. It talks about how Hitler rose to power – it’s simple and direct.
Do you see anything in this video that might be related to what is going on now? Well, I do, and this makes me extremely worried.
For this reason, I would like to reinforce that Global citizenship has no boundaries, and is extremely needed in the world we live.
What is your opinion about it?
This question has been asked by me for the last 5 years of my life.
5 years, 3 countries, 5 cities, 7 different houses. Now it’s the time to move to the fourth country and 8th house, knowing that most probably, once again it will not be for good.
How do I feel about that? Yes, I feel tired. I feel annoyed that I don’t have the room I wanted, or my dream wall made with the collection of postcards that I own (and is also all spread over). I feel annoyed that I always need to leave my stuff behind and that I can never buy new things because this will keep on happening. I’m also annoyed because when I start getting used to living somewhere, I need to move again.
There’s also the things you miss: new children in the family, friends’ birthdays, parties, or just the smallest things such as your favorite dish.
So, why do we do that to ourselves? Why do people decide to be everywhere citizens?
In the end,it’s about understanding the beauty of different cultures and realities, expanding your mind, getting rid of your prejudices.
I personally love Bonsai, and I believe us, human beings, are like Bonsai trees. If you keep them in a small box, they will limit their growth to the box. If you put them in an opened environment, they will grow without limits. The tricky part, though, is if you try to take them back to the box after experiencing an open environment : they will not fit anymore. It’s the same with us: we are not the same after expanding our horizons, and we will never be the same again. Basically, we cannot accept being small.
There’s nothing wrong to live in the same place for the rest of your life. I find beautiful how some people can create they roots and contribute to one single community.
I also know that’s not the way I am, at least for now. I still don’t know where (and if) I want to establish my safe harbour, but I am sure that wherever that is, it will be due to the fact that I will be able to contribute to a community.
So for now let’s start this next experience in Rotterdam ,working with another multicultural team and contributing (in my own way) to peace and fulfilment of humankind’s potential.
Thank you Belgium for the last 11 amazing months : it was crazy, it was hard, it was worth it. Thank you MC Nexus and AIESEC in Belgium for making me grow and challenge myself each day; I wish you all the happiness in this world and I’m pretty we will meet each other soon enough.
À bientôt !
See you soon!
Ten days in Brazil. A lot of people to see, a lot of places to go. In the end, my “days off” became a bit tiresome,but it was extremely rewarding to be with friends and family again. I will definitely take these memories with me and will miss you all in my routine.
For the ones who I wasn’t able to see, I hope there’s a next time soon so that we can catch up 😊.
Now, back to Brussels with only 10 days left to a whole new adventure in the Netherlands. I need to say I’m super excited,overwhelmed, happy, anxious, scared .. Such a big mix of feelings come because of the big responsibility of this next role, but in the end, it makes me so happy to know that I’ll be having fun with my work for one more ! So, let’s start packing again and get ready to rock this boat on the way to 2020 😊
Dez dias no Brasil. Um monte de gente para ver, um monte de lugares para ir. No final, os meus ” dias de folga ” tornaram-se um pouco cansativo. De qualquer forma, foi extremamente gratificante estar com amigos e família novamente. Definitivamente irei levar essas memórias comigo , e sentirei falta de todos vocês na minha rotina . Para aqueles que eu não fui capaz de ver , eu espero que haja uma próxima vez em breve 😊 .
Agora, de volta para Bruxelas, com apenas 10 dias para o início de uma nova aventura na Holanda. Eu preciso dizer que estou super animada, empolgada, feliz, ansiosa, com medo .. Tal mistura de sentimentos vem por causa da grande responsabilidade deste próximo papel, mas, no final, só uma coisa importa: a felicidade de saber que eu vou estar me divertindo com o meu trabalho mais um ano!
Então, vamos começar a preparar a mudança novamente e concentrar energias para arrasar no caminho de 2020 😊