I believe that the strength of every culture is found in their ideals, values and wisdom. I think you become part of a foreign culture when, not only do you embrace their life-style, but when you are able to recognise a common humanity in their proverbs and sayings. Pretty much every one who knows me is straightforwardedly made aware of my bubbliness, happiness and permanent smile on my face (yes,even first thing in the morning -- annoingly so!) but what can I say: I love life and I rejoice in such a gift! That's probably the same reason why when things go wrong for me they are always unexpected and ferociously painful. You all know by now that this past wee while has been a trying time for me (my mom's illness, the house on fire,etc..) but what do the English say: "Bad Things Always Happen in Three"?Well,guess you could say that I have had my three and my heart is shattered in pieces so tiny that even breathing seems to hurt. Yet there is a song resounding in my head on this astonishingly sunny blue-skyed day - Bruce Springsteen's version of "We Shall Overcome"(click on the link beside,it's awesome)...this 'heavenly, sound is resounding in my ears and my mind bringing me a comfort I did not expect to find, and making me believe that, in as much as I am hurting like crazy, I shall rise from the ashes like, as Ovid would have said, the Phoenix.
Last night I went to watch ROCKY BALBOA VI with a bunch of lads. What can I say: I love Rocky!Partially because I used to watch it secretly with my dad when I was little (it was our father/daughter bonding time..not really my mama's scene!), partially because he is a man who still stands for honour and good values. In Rocky 6 Rocco gives a rather profound metaphorical speech to his son in his predictably cheesy style. Please,don't judge me,but I was touched (awwww). Rocky says, "It ain't about how hard you hit,it is about how hard you get hit and still get back up and keep on moving forward". The journey to self re-discovery and recuperation is a troublesome one (hell,I know!) after a few train-in-motion-kissing punches in the face, one must look forward, aim not to miss the forest for the trees and retrive the beauty within. What doesn't breaks us, makes us stronger indeed.