When Em first asked me these two questions my first thought was “this should be pretty easy.” Then I started thinking about it, and I have realized that in fact, they are not trivial questions and not that easy to answer. The good thing is that in the process of answering them, I realized that this was about rediscovering things about me that I never took the time to think about. Taking the time to do so has been a pleasant challenge. I’ll have to say that one unexpected surprise was that I found it much easier to think about life sweeteners than gooey messes. I still have not figure it out why that is, but it kind of made me feel good. So here are some of the things I came up with.
What sometimes makes your life feel like a sticky gooey mess?
-Forgetting things. Things I have to do, places I have to go, places were I have put things, and the worst of all, forgetting special occasions. Forgetting things is definitely the top one in my list of gooey messes of my life.
-Computers, especially when they brake down (and of course you forgot to do a backup), life becomes a really sticky gooey mess.
-Watching the news. Somehow they always manage to make you feel sad.
- Having a passport from a developing country with a bad reputation (means that you have to apply for Visas to go pretty much everywhere, and you are always a suspicious passenger at airports).
What makes your life sweet?
-Sharing a sunset by the ocean with that special someone (no matter how many you see, they are always kind of magic).
Saudi Arabia 2011
Papua New Guinea sunset 2009
-Unexpected encounters with wild creatures that manage to take your breath away for a few minutes (e.g. being visited by dolphins while diving has been one of those moments).
Lizard Island, Australia 2009
-Smiles, honest smiling faces… kids are great doing this.
Sally in Papua New Guinea, 2009
-Meeting new friends, and meeting again with old ones.
-Cooking something nice for someone special.
-To witness that after 35 years, true love can still be there.
Lucas y La Monita
- A good film.
- Walking in a rainforest.
- Being in love.
-Travelling, discovering new cultures, people and places.
Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea 2011
- Celebrating christmas at home.
Los Alumbrados en Medellín Colombia
I think I’ll stop here, but I will end by thanking Em for having asked these questions. The time I have spent thinking about them has definitely been a life sweetener.