No winning without losing (part 3)

I still don’t know what caused my depression. Maybe I am just prone to it. Sometimes I am afraid it will come back one day, for whatever reason. Right now I’ve got things under control. I’ve taken control of my life and I have few responsibilities, which makes things easier. I don’t have to do…

No winning without losing (part 2)

Healing takes time, especially when it concerns your mind. When you’ve imprinted certain ideas, certain patterns in your way of thinking, they are not easily changed. Slowly, you have to accept what’s going on up there. If you’ve always told yourself you are not worth a dime, you don’t just wake up one day loving yourself.…

Home, right here, right now

Home is where the heart is. Such a cliché, but you hear it all over the world in different languages and variations. It must have some truth. There is no escaping it: the idea of home is an idea of love, being at ease, and having a place where you feel comfortable. I grew up in…

No winning without losing (part 1)

One of my favorite bands has a very powerful line in one of their songs. “Never fear to suffer, never hide behind a smile.” It’s a quote from The Shandon, an Italian skapunk band that sings in English as well as Italian. This band was part of my youth. I discovered them when I was…

One day in this beautiful life

I am sitting in the shade of an enormous tree. Its beautiful green leaves dangle above me, dancing in the breeze. Big towels are drying on the branches. The sun is shining and makes the pristine, blue water of the lake twinkle. This is home for the night. It’s time to set up camp and…

The ups and downs of the Milford Road

So, I’m off on a trip to Milford Sound. I saw an incredibly cheap ticket online and just pressed book, not thinking about the logistics of course. It wasn’t until later that I found out that the road to Milford Sound isn’t always sound. At this time of year, it is often required to carry…