“I don’t want to say it’s kind of like a death, but it’s kind of like a death.”
And then I remembered there are people who don’t take life or people who love them for granted. People who are eulogized with festivals and yearly commemorations. I want to finish the mourning and get on with my day. It is all. So. Brief.
Ves estas manos? Han medido la tierra, han separado los minerales y los cereales, han andado la paz y la guerra, han derribado las distancias de todos los mares y ríos, y sin embargo cuando te recorren a ti, pequeña, grano de trigo, alondra, no alcanzan a abarcarte, se cansan alcanzando las palomas gemelas que reposan o vuelan en tu pecho, recorren las distancias de tus piernas, se enrollen an la luz de tu cintura. Para mí eres tesoro más cargado de inmensidad que el mar y sus racimos y eres blanca y azul y extensa como la tierra en la vendimia, En ese territorio, de tus pies a tu frente, andando, andando, andando, me pasaré la vida.
Like anyone, I constantly set goals for myself. Like most, I often fall short. It was my New Year’s Resolution to be more loving, patient and accepting. Although this goal may seem only to deal with my relationships, both close and inconsequential, it begins with how I treat myself and how I maintain a level of mental and emotional health conducive to treating people with genuine love and empathy. This post is my way of putting into writing what I hope to accomplish in both the near and distant future. I think we learned in my middle school “Skills for Adolescence” class that writing down a goal is a pivotal step in the journey to accomplishing said goal. So, here we go:
Train for and run a half marathon. Dear Jodi, your classes do not begin until 11:15 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Go to bed earlier, get up earlier, and go for a run!
Do yoga at least once a week.
Begin attending church regularly. Bonus points for mass in Spanish.
Practice guitar for at least three hours a week.
BLOG! LOOK AT HOW EASY THIS IS! Once a month posts are shameful and a waste of such a witty URL.
Stay on top of assignments to keep your stress to a minimum.
Say ‘no’ when you don’t have time and prioritize what benefits YOUR well-being.
Stop procrastinating and running late.
Eat healthy and make choices that are in keeping with long-term happiness.
Take time for a little reading and thoughtful prayer everyday.
Work must come before play.
In two years, after completing your masters program, move to Buenos Aires for a MINIMUM of six months, even if you must go alone.
At some point, it’s in your own hands to be the victim or the victor. Put on your big girl pants and choose to be better for all that you’ve suffered. Things will never be the way they were again; you can’t hurt me anymore.