All posts tagged: essay

Silence is not an option

I wish I had another reason to write about this. I wish I had a positive outcome, a revolutionary one, a permanent solution to the abuse of power. But unfortunately, not only we, but generations before us, have persistently watched the exploitation of the rights of the black community. Racism is a crime that we’ve witnessed over and over live from the 24/7 news to walking down the street in our own communities. It’s disturbing to even comprehend how we (society) normalized this problem over so many generations. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ava DuVernay (@ava) on May 31, 2020 at 11:19am PDT What’s happening right now is more than a wake-up call. It’s a necessary act for change. We must amplify the voices and the issues of the black community. We are accountable to the people that we help, and we want to keep improving our awareness and our education. To help the one’s in need I’ll leave here some useful information that I’ve used in the last couple of …

Out of my comfort zone

I just got off the phone with my cousin who I haven’t spoken in two years. The conversation we had reminded me why I left my home-country. And also why we don’t talk much. You see, we have different goals in life. I’ve been working abroad over the past few years and facing new challenges almost every single day. My cousin never lived outside his village. He keeps telling me to “come home”, “find a job here”, “stay here”. To be honest, these words don’t warm my heart. I tried so many times to explain to him that the world outside is so much more than stereotypes, monuments and sunny spots. The world has so much more to offer: home sickness, uncomfortable places and a learning process about who you are. Through all these years I haven’t found a place where I would make myself a home so instead of chasing it, I’ve started to move around. I decided to live with other people, to share stories, to open myself to new possibilities and realize …

A scary question

This is not a judgmental point of view about a very sensitive subject. This is a reaction based on current events. I decided I wanted to share with you a piece of my craziness. Because there are crazy things happening and sometimes my brain doesn’t know how to process them. When Trump was elected, I was stunned as most people were. I was also appalled that Trump was not the first man to be accused of severe crimes such as sexual assault and still roam free without facing any justice or criminal system. But most of all, we were scared because he won’t be the last man who doesn’t face the consequences. But things are changing thanks to civil rights protests and the voices of the people who are shouting louder and louder reminding bigotry that we are all human. On the streets, online, on the media. We don’t tolerate hate anymore. So with all of this in mind, I had mass confusion in my mind: “why did he win?!”, “what is going to happen?”, …

Immigration symptoms and its antidotes

We all start somewhere. Even after you’re born and you grow older, we all have new beginnings. When it comes to living somewhere new, I learned how to detect certain diseases/feelings/symptoms that were new to me at the time. So here’s some of them: The issue: Isolation The cure: Feeling 100% isolated can be really stressful. Especially if you don’t speak the language or you don’t feel identified with the culture. The first step to combat isolation is to go out. Explore for yourself, enjoy walking and the moments you create along the way. After you discover some places you like, I recommend trying an app called Meetup. Over there you can find different groups with common interests. Join the ones you like. It’s free. Meet people, hear their stories and also, share your struggles. Fighting isolation is not as difficult as it seems to be but I confess it can be a constant struggle (especially when people you meet are also moving somewhere else and so on). I can also recommend the couchsurfing platform. …

For all of us

Today we are here. Standing. All together. Many voices with only one message in common: equal rights. View this post on Instagram The funereal mood of the Inauguration gave way to ebullience among the women and men making their way to Saturday’s protest in Washington, D.C. Click the link in our bio to read Sarah Larson on travelling to the #WomensMarch. Photograph by Shannon Stapleton/Reuters. A post shared by The New Yorker (@newyorkermag) on Jan 21, 2017 at 1:09pm PST A phenomenon is taking the streets reacts to a normal/pertinent question: “Who do you think I am?!”. It’s not just about exploitation, it’s also about the complex challenges people face every day. Such as: sexism, body shaming, slut shaming, no paid maternity leave, violence, emotional abuse, no freedom of speech, no freedom of choice. The gender gap is still a reality when it comes to finance, investments, social life and even screen time in the entertainment business. Besides this we are in a period of evolution where more genders and norms are finally being shown …