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NOMAD (EN)


Painting of mexican artist Paola Mendizabal simbolizes the interior development of the people that has to adjutst to new cultures.

As you set out for Ithaka

hope your road is a long one,

full of adventure, full of discovery.

Laistrygonians, Cyclops,

angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:

you’ll never find things like that on your way

as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,

as long as a rare excitement

stirs your spirit and your body.

Laistrygonians, Cyclops,

wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them

unless you bring them along inside your soul,

unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

CAVAFY

I left home at age 17 and never returned. Perhaps being born with

a midwife at my parent’s hotel has granted me a NOMAD’s destiny.

But to become a nomad one does not have to leave home.

Being nomad for me is being able to accept change as something natural. It is the courage to throw yourself out there, to the unknown, to burn bridges, to banish certainties, to get out of the comfort zone. It is the courage to change.

It is to becoming something different.

Heraclitus said that no one steps in the same river twice. He was hardly understood at that time. But his thought continues to resonate strongly in the concept of change and becoming a new being…the being we want to become. Neither the river remains the same nor who gets into the river remains the same. Everything changes. And while on is changing, the change and the evolution around is happening, impacting others as well.

Being nomadic is liberating. It makes you feel like you're light, you can write on a brand new blank page, you can draw with new colors, new landscapes, which are in your eyes and also in your soul. It makes you feel free.

We no longer have to be one-way, we can be who we want to be, who we dream of being. We can learn a new way of being. Thus plastics have been designed.

Ulysses was perhaps the most famous nomad we know of, he left his footprints in literature, history and psychology. Ulysses’ syndrome, as they call it, has come to define what happens to those of us outside our home country facing new challenges and the way we feel about them. Ulysses faced Laistrygonians and Cyclops, as in Cavafy's poem, who knows whether they were in his soul long before starting the journeyor not.... There he was, surely scared, but with the conviction that the long journey (life) was going to give him in return far more than what he had left behind.

I invite you to become a nomad. To choose to be a nomad even after the circumstances that obliged you to be so, due to destiny’s force. I invite you to change, to ask yourself where you want to go (geographically or existentially speaking), to take this journey inside yourself that will take you to unusual places, to dark labyrinths, albeit with an exit, where I promise you will find what your soul was looking for.

Creditos por la correccion de estilo a Pablo Savid Buteler, Daniela Perovic y Carlos Picone

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