It’s 7:20 p.m. and my mom, my younger sister and I just got home from the movies. Today it was the perfect day to just wake up late, have a late lunch and head to the movie theatre. It has been raining for days here in Buenos Aires, winter is just around the corner and it has decided to dare all of us into finding some sort of entertainment while we try to avoid the cold as much as possible.
“Me before you” was the movie we decided to watch. It was a great choice. This sort of movie is one that just invites you to tag along the characters’ journey and it makes you feel that you are right there with them and it just makes you want to jump out of your seat and be there. The locations, the music, Louisa’s outfits, Will’s home it’s absolutely stunning. The movie is a great adaptation of the book written by Jojo Moyes.
The main characters portrayed by Emilia Clarke (Louisa Clark) and Sam Claflin (William Traynor) are so profound and their story is so real and sweet you will be immersed in their world as soon as they lock eyes for the very first time.
I’m not writing this post to just tell you the movie’s plot I decide to write this because the movie has left me and my family thinking about the meaning of life and the reason of why we are here. These topics are those kind that could leave you thinking for hours and you will never reach the finish line. We can go all our lives asking ourselves these same questions and I believe that we can always find a different answer or just find another meaning to it.
Me Before You has left me thinking that the movie is not only about a love story where pity, love, hope, letting go and forgiveness are just topics in it. This is a story that teaches us about dignity and resignation as well as accepting what we can’t change. It’s a story of learning to move on and finding joy after having experience tragedy.
Will’s character has taught me to not leave anything for tomorrow, to live life to the fullest (or JUST LIVE) every day and to not give anything for granted. He has shown us how blessed is someone healthy. I also think that his story has made us think about how some things in life cannot be undone and that learning to live with the consequences can be a grueling and unbearable struggle. He has taught me that every human being deserves both the rights to live with dignity as well as a dignified death.
Louisa’s character on the contrary has taught me the importance of good humor and how that can change somebody’s day and improve their quality of life. She is a great example of how truly good people deserve to have a happy life and expand their horizons. Her character is so worry about her family and their financial situation that she forgets to live for herself; she forgets that she deserves to be happy and have a good full life.
When I dream about a better place I dream about Pinterest.
As shallow as it may sound every time I feel the need to disconnect from my reality and think about something else, I go to Pinterest and it automatically makes me feel better; it removes from my reality and immerses me in a world of fantasy where we all want to be part of. Don’t get me wrong ,from the outside I may seem to have a really cool life. I was born in Argentina , I’ve been very privileged; I’ve attended the best school, got the best tennis coaches possible and got the opportunity to experience many things while growing up. I wanted to study in the U.S and my parents gave me the chance. I studied abroad for four years, got my degree and now I will be heading back for my masters degree in Strategic Communication. However, it doesn’t matter how privileged you may be or seem for outsiders. Everybody goes through rough times, like I am right now. Everybody at some point in their lives feels the need to escape and just simply go away; we all need an outlet to just found our true selves. That’s when I log into my Pinterest account. Call it whatever you want it to call it. I go there to relax, forget about my present situation and escape into a world of glitter, beautiful things and possibilities.
Maybe that’s the reason why I like Pinterest so much. Pinterest embodies a world of possibilities. It allows me to dream about a fantasy world that I would love to belong to. Those pictures are someone’s reality, it has to be. Pinterest is a world of beauty, of dreaming that anything is possible and achievable. Pinterest has been created for people to share their point of view and to connect. Everybody can find themselves immersed in things they like while scrolling through the website.
PIN terest: Pin your interest. Pinterest as a tool to better know yourself. I heard that when you don’t know what path to follow, or what career to choose you should think about what you do with your free time because there is the answer. When we were young i am sure a lot of people can relate to this next question that a lot people made us. What do you want to be when you grow up? I wanted to be a kindergarten teacher. Then I wanted to be a singer. Fast forward 18 years I ended up graduating with a degree in Mass Commucnation. Reality hit me and it hit me hard. I’m becoming a grown up. It’s scary af.
Part of being away from home is discovering new places. The other day my best friends Donatela, Cecilia and Paola and I went to Knoxville! We went to downtown Knoxville and as soon as we got there we were literally starving! First place we see? Tupelo Honey Cafe! I literally couldn’t believe it! We have been talking about this cafe in one of my classes and I was so intrigued by it! I love that about being in a different city.. just walking randomly and finding a great cafe! We all had a SweetPotato Pancake with spiced pecans and peach butter and if this was not enough we added fried chicken to it.
OMG delicious!!!! I’ve never had anything like this before in my life!! It was A-MA-ZINGGGG! If you ever get the chance to visit Tupelo Honey Cafe please do it! You will not be disappointed! The service is great and the environment is super nice and cozy!
Here are some pics of us and also here it is the delicious Sweet Potato pancake we all had! Click here and visit Tupelo Honey Cafe’s website!
One of the greatest technological inventions I’ve ever witnessed is Skype. Skype is a service that allows you to communicate to any part of the world for free by voice, video and instant messaging over the Internet. The fact that you are moving away from home doesn’t mean that you will have to stop talking to your loved ones!
According to Skype’s main website :
Skype is for doing things together, whenever you’re apart. Skype’s text, voice and video make it simple to share experiences with the people that matter to you, wherever they are.
In my previous post I mentioned homesickness. A tool that has allowed me to not be homesick and actually feel at home when I needed to, is SKYPE. Via Skype I was able to celebrate my mom’s birthday, my cousin’s christening and plenty of other family events. Skype brings people together! By living abroad you’ll physically miss lots of special occasions but that doesn’t mean that you should not experienced them in a different way! If you don’t have a Skype account and you are planning to move abroad I will recommend you to open one! Don’t worry if you click here you will be able to do it, it is really easy!!!
In my freshman year back in 2012 while I was taking a class called English as a Second Language I was told to write a poem about an object, a person or about a feeling. I was homesick at the time and it sounded perfect to me to write about my home country, Argentina. I was experiencing all these different emotions for the first time and this assignment was perfect; it came to me at the right time, just when I needed to write or at least let my feelings out. As a little girl I’ve always enjoyed writing, I have all sorts of stories I wrote when I was in primary school and I treasure them so much!. These stories remind me who I was once. They remind me of that little girl who wrote because she liked it not because someone told her to do so. If you are going through a similar time in your life I hope this helps you understand you are not alone and that many many others were or are going through the same thing! I hope that you enjoy this poem as much as I enjoyed writing it.
I’m crying for you, Argentina
Now I have to say goodbye
My time has come
After all these years I realized
It is time for me to fly
Life is about making decisions
And I made mine
I did not know it could be so hard
Some nights when I am sad I look up at the dark sky
I usually tell myself:
I will remember my roots
I will remember who I am
Thank you Argentina for everything you have done
Blue like the sky and white to symbolyze the freedom we’ve earned in the past
We fought for it, let’s make it last
These two colors will be forever in my heart
In the middle, there is a bright sun
When will come that glorious day that I will see again my Flag?
If you would like to visit Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital city you can check out this website and find out all the cool things you can do!!! I know you will fall in love with my beautiful country!
Moving to another country is the solution if you are looking to become more independent. I consider that in order to accomplish this specific goal you should follow some tips:
YOUR TIME HAS COME!
Get a job! breaking free from your parents’ wing is the best decision you can ever make! Your life can turn out to be pretty depressing if you don’t develop as the individual you are.
Save money and open a bank account! This is one of the best advices someone ever gave me! Unexpected events can happen at any time and you better be prepared!
Get rid of people that have a negative influence on you. We all know who those people are and don’t let anybody hold you down from your goals. This time you are moving out! you need all the support you can get!
Believe in yourself, you can do whatever you want!
Get your place and don’t owe anything to anybody!
I invite you o read this great article about being independent!
Everytime I miss my family I pull out of a folder all the photographs I brought from Argentina and put them all over my bedroom.
My family is a very important part of me and being away from them sometimes it’s hard! Without Skype it will be definitely worst, I can’t imagine living here in Tennessee and not being able to communicate with them when I want!
Technology is an important part to all of us living abroad! It makes us feel that we are still present in our family’s daily routine even when we are miles and miles away from them.
Since I was a little girl my dream was to come to the States. Studying here has exceeded all my expectations, I couldn’t be more happier! and I absolutely owe it to my family who has supported me since day one.
I’m the second of four children, and me and my older brother are living here together.
The fact that I have him here with me makes things easier too. We are just 11 months apart, and we get along really well! We are almost twins!
Living here has made me appreciate what I left behind, it won’t be like this forever but I am taking it day by day. At least, that is how I cope with distance.