El Momento - Ahora

Trip Start Mar 11, 2009
Trip End May 06, 2009

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Monday, May 4, 2009

"The Precious Present wasn´t a present after all in the material sense of the word. It was in fact the here and now, the present, el momento - ahora. His grandfather lived in the moment, savouring ever second. He wasn´t existing in the tomorrow, for why waste your energy on something that might never happen? And he didn´t dwell in yesterday because yesterday is gone and doesn´t exist any more. The present is the only reality and in order to attain lasting happiness one has to learn to live in the here and now and not worry or waste time thinking about anything else."

- Santa Montefiore
"Meet Me Under the Ombu Tree"

As I have more and more conversations about what I´m doing here and what I´ll do when I go back home, I´m beginning to find like minded people who also realize that the phrase "living for retirement" really isn´t that endearing. And, frankly, it´s quite backwards. Why waste all of your "good years", when you´re young and healthy, toiling away at some soul-sucking job where you aren´t respected because you have little to no experience. Only to finally gain some respect, years down the road, when you continue to toil mercilessly and unforgivingly to keep that respect and in hopes to attaining another step on the magical Ladder of Success.

How do you measure Success?
Do you feel successful?
Why...or why not?
Do you feel accomplished?
What does accomplishment look like to you?

Are You Happy???

By the time you get to whatever level you were hoping to achieve (surprisingly to me, most people measure success in relation to their profession/career) , you´re so tired - possibly bitter and resentful - that the last thing you want to do is abandon the comforts of home to see the world. Or do whatever it is you´ve always dreamed of doing. You´re probably looking for the closest Mexican resort full of cabana boys to park your 65 year old arse and suck back those mojitos (mmmm mojitos). Obviously, if you´ve been reading this far in my blogs you will realize I have a penchance for hyperbole - I like to exaggerate.

I´m aware that it isn´t everyone´s dream to See the World. And some of you aren´t the Mexican resort type. But some of you are unhappy, I can tell, and I´m cheeky enough to point it out. I get in your face, don´t I? No, it isn´t any of my business. But when you love someone, it´s only honest that you tell them what you think (tactfully, of course) and if they love you, they can handle listening to it. Being a unique individual means that you take what I have to say and do with it what you will. Some people don´t like what I have to say and some people have even stopped talking to me because of it. It´s sad but they´ll make their own way. As you can see, it doesn´t stop me from saying what I mean. I´d like to ask forgiveness for being so bold, sometimes, but really - I´m not sorry. If what I have to say makes even one person hesitate at the fork in the road and take the path less travelled, then YAY!  

"It's a wonder and a privilege to watch you throw yourself off of life's cliffs and fly. Maybe it'll inspire me in some way, maybe not, but there's joy in just knowing that you're there, being there, being. Leaving a mark, on you, on me, maybe on the land, though probably not on the land. It marks us. Maybe some other people, if they're lucky. Some people would say that you're being irresponsible, a dreamer, you yourself write about it in one journal entry, but of course we both know it's exactly the opposite, it's the ones who don't look around who might as well have their eyes shut, who forever slumber their lives away in a dead pool of routine."

- A Friend

The life you're living is a choice you're making.
Open your eyes.

I meant to organize these pictures better and I had a lot more to add but it may have to wait until I'm in Toronto as I can't seem to upload pictures on these computers and my camera is threatening to run out of batteries. In any case, these pictures are some of my first weekend in Buenos Aires and mostly in the San Telmo area.

This last week saw me taking a river beach break in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. Now, I'm back in Buenos Aires determined to actually see the city this time around. It's a great weekend to be back, there is so much going on and I'm already exhausted from walking around for seven hours today! Only two and a half days left in South America - it went really quickly and, sometimes, very slowly.

Hope all is well back home and that it's stopped snowing!!!! Seriously!
Much love,
xox K
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karsenault on

Re: Success
Aww, that's touching. I still kiss you too. MWAH!

karsenault on

Re: to be happy, always?
Meh. You love me. If I'm Batman, you're Robin!! xo

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