“There is nothing new except what has been forgotten.” Marie Antoinette
Think about all the first experiences of youth. The simple ones. The ones that now, you don’t even notice you are living. Like walking on a city street by yourself, not holding the hand of your parent, where every single silly thing around you is so great.
It is still with childlike joy that I discover something new. A new restaurant, perched on a cliff on Capri where I do not return often enough, a long-forgotten dress in the corner of my closet, a perfect hors d’oeuvre that could not be tastier nor prettier, the whiff of a scent gently slapping my nose, a passer-by sharing my brisk walk on a city street.
Forgetting never travels without her cousin, novelty. To be able to enjoy the excitement of novelty powerfully and unapologetically, you must have a healthy amount of forgetting that you allow yourself to experience.
“Creativity is intelligence having fun” Albert Einstein
Ah! Where do I begin? There is no life outside of a creative life. For some it is as tiny morsel, for some, a whole ocean.
Anthropologically we look at where we came from and all we admire in the history of mankind is the creative drive that brought along development and civilization. Looking towards the future, it’s still the most creative outputs that hold our breath high enthralled in pleasure, intensely stimulating and exhilarating.
As the future catches up with our present, we’re now completely accustomed to the speed of technology replacing many tasks we do and helping with many problems we have.
And so, we find ourselves with an unprecedented task: the constant need to redefine what is human and what is not.
Here is what I believe:
That ‘human’ will always remain that which we make with our individual combination of persona, thoughts of the moment, biases, mood, and the simple coincidence of colliding factors that, in the spark of a split nanosecond, make us think, do, or act, in a unique way: a simple and un-infatuated occurrence of the universe.
“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” James Michener
This year marks 30 years since my biggest lifetime journey, immigration.This month marks 17 years since my daughter came into the world.
This week, like any other week, marks the casual pace of my life that I choose to live. This day marks the international children’s day that celebrates life at its beginnings.
This moment, the one in which you read these very words I wrote, marks the moment of our minds being intertwined.
Our constant connecting with people and places is in so many ways what make us who we are. Like in music, part of that connection is resonating with – or rejecting – what we encounter along the way.
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