I was exhausted, the four hours walk to the pond in the middle of an uninhabited jungle had been difficult, but nothing compared to the way back.
Climbing back to the top of that valley was a daunting task for me, I was not very used to walk for so many hours in the outdoors, and the Sun was really at its peak hour, so I was really wishing to get back to the car and drive back home.
I had to take little rests from time to time and the closer to the top I got, the more frequent stops I made.
When I was about to reach the last tract, I was making my best effort to pull my body up when all I could see were a pair of perfectly polished shoes in front of my eyes. My stunned eyes kept going upwards just to observe very well ironed beige trousers, a white shirt and a smiling face who greeted me with a cheerful voice: “Did you enjoy the trip?”, he said. Continue reading →
Watching a Japanese samurai sword (刀, katana) is one of the finest pleasures you can experience. Especially when you learn about the process that is needed to make one.
The steel used to build one is called Tamahagane(玉鋼) and consists of several layered steels with different carbon concentrations. This steel is full of impurities and the look of it in the beginning of the process is not very nice.
The antiquity of the steel is very important in the process of removing those impurities. The oldest the steel, the highest concentration of oxygen making it easier to get rid of the impurities during the hammering, thus resulting in a stronger blade.
High and low carbon steel are welded and folded several times and the hammer and fire make their hard work to get rid of impurities in a very strenuous and long process where each element makes its part in forming a stronger and stunning blade. Continue reading →
You wake up feeling wonderful, you had a good night and you feel happy and expectant about your day.
You are not feeling tired like other days and you know deep inside of you that this could be a wonderful day.
You wear your best coat and leave your home to conquer the world, you even see your street and the people walking around you under a different light. You are even smiling, but suddenly, a bus passing right in front of you splashes the water of a dirty puddle all over you, now your precious coat looks like rubbish and you just want to vanish into the centre of the earth.
You go back to your home and quickly fetch the fist garments you find in your closet. Obviously, you get to your job late and, a furious boss asks you to present him the reports he has been asking you for since last week, just to find a ton of mistakes in them, so you are obliged to do them again. Continue reading →
No, I gave up a long time ago. Those typical “Yeah, right” glances and smirks, those rolling eyes and sudden changes of topic in the conversation were just too much for me.
So yes, I did give up on trying to make the others understand me.
I don´t like to watch sports on TV but if you are a man, have you tried to tell other men you don´t like it and then they look at you as if you just arrived from a distant planet in a new discovered galaxy. Continue reading →
One of the best things of making up your mind to clean that spot in your home you have been neglecting for a long time is, that you might find many things that were lost and you never imagined you would find again and specially, in that place!
Once you decide to start taking things out that abandoned box, closet, cupboard, etc. You are surprised by all the things that were hidden there, the more you “explore” inside the more you will find and then, you begin to wish you had done this cleaning before.
After all the “useful” things you found, you cannot understand how you could procrastinate this cleansing for such a long time! Continue reading →
“If I had known all the things I had to go through to get to where I am now, I think I would have never began. Ignorance is not a bad thing after all.” That was the answer from a prominent physicist when I asked him in an interview, about the beginning of his career. He had reached the highest level in different disciplines of his field and even won the Nobel Prize in the 70s.
He taught me that day a great lesson, not in physics , but a life lesson. We should never forget that even Albert Einstein was a complete neophyte in math and physics at one time. He was curious, he found the answers that convinced him and found his passion in physics and began the study everything he could, devouring all the books on that subject he could get. He began that journey at some point in his life and reached very high levels.
We all have begun a similar journey many times in our lives. I am sure you are very good at something, or know more than others in a particular theme. Through years of studying, practising, reading, etc, you have reached a good level at something that you love to do. And now you are good at something as no one else is, because you have added to that your own experiences and personal baggage. But if you were to start from zero right now, you probably would think it twice before starting that journey.
But don’t let that stop you from taking the first step into your next adventure.
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A recurrent question I am asked is if I have finally reached my goal. If I have everything I wish for and if I am happy with the life I am living now.
The answer is no to all those and similar questions.
Fortunately I haven’t reach every goal I have set. In fact, I can say that every day I create a new goal to reach, a new mark to overcome, a new level to reach. I believe that the moment when you stop setting goals and dreaming to reach higher levels, you are already dead. Continue reading →