Today is an important day… for me. Exactly 1 year ago, on the 11th of April 2015, I left my hometown, my family, my friends, my job, my comfortable house and my safe environment, to jump into the unknown in search of passion, hope, dreams… in search of a more adventurous and exciting life. A life that I could imagine, create and shape by myself, according to who I am, what I believe in and how I see the world. A life I can look back at when I get old and say it was worth living. A life of no regrets, no broken dreams, no “what ifs”. A life maybe a bit unconventional, but a life of my own.
Today, I look back and I can hardly believe all I’ve been through, all I have learnt, achieved, changed. Although it was mostly pretty amazing and I lived some of the best moments of my life, the way wasn’t always joyful and pleasurable. It often bloody hurt too. Because change hurts. Evolution is painful. There were many times when I felt lonely, sad and lost. But I can say that every minute of it was damn worth it.
Today, I’m still pretty lost but I’ve learnt that it’s fine to be so. Today, I still have no idea of where I am going, and I’m not even sure that I want to know it any longer. But today there is one thing I am sure of… today I do know I am on the right way.
And today, I want to thank all the amazing people who have been part of this incredible journey in one way or another, because without amazing people around you, nothing makes any sense, at all. So thank you…
To one of the most extraordinary people I’ve ever met. Ece Ger I really hope life will bring us many more adventures together.
To the wonderful people who made me feel home during my 5 months in Paris. Tomás Prat, Ece Ger, Jim Haynes, Côme Picornell, Maria Prieto, Yasmin Mohamed.
To my beloved friends and all the wonderfully crazy people I shared time with during my 3 months in Barcelona and helped me celebrate one of the most memorable birthdays of my entire life. Donnie Nicolson, Marta Varea, Carola Sol, Georgina Gerónimo Gómez, Yelena Kondrashova Sayko, Mostafa Allam, Yuri Pezkhamino, Kat Mason, Wouter Verwer, Dory Spencer, Django van Ardenne, Zoé Bahy, Nina Leestemaker, Ioli Tzouka, Emilio Alonso, Jose Luis Cano, Anja Jozic, Charla Wood, Lisa Isabella, Arnout Krediet, Iris, Elena, …
To Mostafa Allam, the extraordinary man who took 1 month to show me Vietnam and Myanmar and helped me find so much magic in the world out there. And to Daniel Viera for helping me plan it and answer my thousands of questions 🙂
To my Turkish family who made me feel home from the very first day of my arrival and continued to do so during the my past 3 months in Istanbul. I will miss you all. Ece Ger, Oğuzhan Akalın, Ilkyaz Kocatepe, Ezgi Sadikoglu, Elif Idiz, Aksel Bonfil, Merve Baydar, Zehra Gokcimen, Gokçe, Zeynep Malaz, Robbie-Lee Valentine and many others.
Last but not least, to the most amazing friends one could ever wish for. Thanks for supporting me, for getting excited with me with every new adventure, for encouraging me at the moments I felt scared to death. Thank you for always being there. You mean the world to me. Victoria Benavides, Antonio Aguilera, Elena Carrasco, Divana García, Marta Varea, Josefina Almorza, Miquelle Martinez Galindo, Miguel Angel Del Aguila Hernandez, Lola Haro Gil, Virtu Villaescusa Tárraga, Emilia Martos Contreras, Jose Kc, Andy Leitch, Donnie Nicolson, Marian Campra, Eris Loy, Sofiya Bóteva. And to the most amazing parents one could ever dream of and who, despite not being very happy about what I do, continue to unconditionally love me and look after me wherever I am, whatever I am doing.
Finally, thanks to all the people who ever felt sincerely happy for me. I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone, and if I have, please forgive me. I carry you all in my heart.
Thanks life, you’ve been damn generous to me. I promise to keep trying my best to not ever disappoint you. The journey continues. Dream, believe, explore… live.
Somewhere over France, 11 April 2015, 21:05