Global Perspectives

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It seems that when I think about our ‘realities’ I don’t know anymore how to make sense of this. There are so many things being shared in social media, and so many people having different views on several issues. In my opinion, it is relevant that we get to hear different perspectives on the challenges we, as individuals and as societies, face today. That’s why my new podcast, Global Perspectives, comes from the bottom of my heart. I have been interviewing experts on different topics related to many aspects of human and social life.  I believe it is extremely important to get informed in the most comprehensive and reasonable way. For sure, I don’t intend to be neutral or objective in my discussions, as I am already rasing up an agenda for the podcast. I do believe, however, that what’s relevant is that we can get to listen to various perspectives, which may allow us to challenge the way we perceive certain issues.

Please, do not hesitate if you would like to contribute to this podcast project, or if you have feedback or comments for me. Regardless of whether you listen to the podcast while you do sports, commute, or relax: I hope you will enjoy listening to it! This is Global Perspectives.


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Perspectives: Challenges?

Speculating?

I think that is the best thing we can do. We can never be certain about the future. What is being discussed here is just our approximation to future realities. Let us discuss some of our thoughts on the possible future challenges we face as humanity.

 

What is the biggest challenge that humanity faces in the long-term?

Daniel: I have to give this question more time to have thoughts, but for now I would say climate change.

Peter: Debt. The reason I say this is because in 2008 we saw a lot of bubbles appearing, at the first stage in the housing market. In 2020, I see some of these bubbles appearing: in mortgages, housing loans, student loans. I think we’ve accumulated too much debt. Both at the individual level and the national level. And in the medium term and the long term, everything comes down to this: debt, the financial market, and its stability. And it seems that individuals and companies are encouraged to take on many debts. You can see it here in Europe, or across the Atlantic in America. And I think Coronavirus is just going to make this debt situation worse.

Catarina: A lack of forward-thinking. And what I mean is, nowadays, virtually everything is geared towards immediate solutions. Not only at a governmental level, but also on a societal level. We don’t understand the repercussions. We don’t see the long-term effects of the immediate solutions we seek. For instance, in economic terms, we tend to think in terms of annual GDP growth. But in reality, if we want to tackle economic growth we need to face our environmental problems, economy and the environment work in tandem, and we need a bigger perspective, a long-term approach. One thing related to this is the way in which we perceive happiness. In our current philosophical thinking, we see happiness as satisfying pleasure. But if we look at how ancient Western and Eastern philosophies have perceived happiness; we encounter a more long-term approach to happiness. Happiness is something you build, and not the simplistic formula we have. Our way of understanding happiness also shapes how we conceive and shape our political system.

Siina: I would say climate change. That is something that will affect the whole world. People who have more difficult socio-economic situations may be affected more deeply than others, but in any case, everyone will be affected by the environmental crisis in some way.

 

Is there more?

Maybe not everything is about speculating. Perhaps we can already start doing something proactively. Perhaps not.

Perspectives: Meaning?

Speculating?

Why should I keep fighting for my goals and objectives, if I realize that out of nowhere, a situation like the Coronavirus crisis can appear and make everything so unpredictable and ruin all my plans? Should I rethink my human existence’s value when I’m being told that I should distance myself from all other human beings? At the end of the day, we are sociable beings, and we rely on interacting with people for almost every single aspect of our lives. I like being social. But apparently, I shouldn’t be social during these times. So, should I rethink the way I conceive social interactions? 

Let us continue this journey through the land of speculation, self-reflection, and critical thinking. 

 

How do you feel at the moment?

Daniel, 22, German-Czech, international relations background: It is a weird feeling. When I wake up in the morning, or even before I go to bed, I feel like ‘is this even real, what is happening today?’. It’s surreal. Things have collapsed. What was normal a couple of weeks ago, is almost unthinkable today. It is all a bit tricky right now.

Peter, 22, Indian, management and finance background: Good, even though everything seems uncertain.

Catarina, 39, Portuguese, area studies background: I’m very lucky because my place is five minutes away from the forest, so I can walk there every day. I am very concerned about the situation here in the Netherlands because the numbers are increasing very fast. But so far, I just feel a little home confined.

Siina, Finnish, 22, development studies background: I feel that, to some extent, I lost faith in many things. Hopefully, everything will end up being fine. We’ll see.

 

How do you give meaning to your life? What makes you wake up, and be ready to have a new day, even during these uncertain (yet not necessarily negative) times?

Daniel: These recent situations have given me a much better sense of proportion. Now, you see that everything that you consider normal and given can change very fast. Even if it sounds like a cliché, now I appreciate normal things more: calling with my family, cleaning my apartment, doing the dishes. I try to enjoy everything I do because that’s basically life. Being aware of what you’re doing.

‘What makes me keep going after all?’ Well, this is something I have been thinking about for a while. I try to do things not for reaching a goal, but rather to enjoy the whole journey. When I have to study for something, I do not do it to get the degree finally at the end, but rather to enjoy the process of cultivating the mind.

Peter: If you think about it, people need a purpose to wake up every day, right? You have some specific goals that drive your life. But at the end of the day, you may not achieve some of these goals. You can get rejections, disappointments. But the fact of being (financially) independent, keeps me on track for reaching my goals.

Catarina: I have to be in integrity with myself and with my values. I have very objective goals, but in the long term, and within a bigger perspective, most of these goals are minor goals. I try to have goals that lead me somewhere, but I also acknowledge that not everything depends on my objectives and that sometimes things change, and you have to re-think your goals. I like to think that I have a dialogue with my circumstances. I take control of the circumstances that are under my control, and for the rest, I realize that sometimes I have to re-focus.

Siina: I have been thinking about this issue lately: how to find the meaning of life, how to find the motivation to wake up and do things. It’s been a difficult time for me. I was giving meaning to my life based on specific goals, based on future plans, based on routine. And this was quite a direct way of thinking: I achieve something, and I feel good for a moment, and then I have the next goal, and I feel pleased, and in this way, the vicious circle continues. But now I have been rethinking this way of life. Is it satisfactory? I need goals that give meaning to my life, but sometimes I shouldn’t rely merely on that. The way in which I give meaning to my life is changing, and nowadays I don’t necessarily look forward to going back to my hectic and sometimes superficial routine.

Is there more?

For now, let us be happy as we acknowledge how privileged we are. Let us worry about today. Let us enjoy the free time we have now, and we did not have before. Let us realize that we have so much to give. Let us acknowledge that we need the other. Let us understand that we are humans, that we need the others, and that the others need us. For now, let us thrive.

 

PS: Blog posts series to be continued.

Perspectives: Speculating?

Are all the measures taken by different countries worth it? Will they be efficient? Why do they differ from country to country? How will our world look like when all of this is over?

I have asked myself some of these questions several times. And I have come with some preliminary answers, but I think my answers are not too convincing for anyone. That is why I decided to start doing phone interviews with people from different backgrounds to see how they perceive the current crisis and to get some perspectives on how the future may look like. Most interviewees are students of Leiden University, and therefore they live in The Netherlands. The interviews were held in the third week of March 2020. The answers presented below are the paraphrased versions of their original answers.

I know speculating about the future right now does not make much sense. And yet, I find it quite interesting. Let’s see where this journey takes us.

 

What do you think of the measures taken by the governments of different countries?

Daniel, 22, German-Czech, international relations background: This concept of herd immunity applied in the Netherlands makes me feel like I’m being an experiment. Maybe the measures should be tougher here. What they do in the Czech Republic is that you cannot leave your house if you are not wearing something covering your mouth and your nose. Like an improvised or actual mask. And I think this is a good way of slowing the spread of the virus. But here in The Netherlands, you don’t really see that often people wearing masks. When I was going to the supermarket, I wore something on my face, and people would just keep looking at me as if I were a weirdo when in reality, I was just avoiding spitting droplets into the air when I speak.

Peter, 22, Indian, business and finance background: This herd immunity strategy indirectly implemented in the Netherlands is not the best but it’s the only chance we have right now. I’ve been also thinking about this: the measures taken after the 2009 swine flu pandemic were not as harsh as the ones taken during this Coronavirus crisis. This might be the case because the world by then was just starting to recover from the 2008 financial crisis. I cannot really guess when the curve will be flattened in this crisis, or when we will be able to resume business as usual. If this situation continues for four, five months more, we will definitely be looking at a recessionary period. And the thing is that financial markets work based on hype and speculation, so a lot of things could happen in these uncertain times. You know, when Ebola came, it was pretty serious, it was more deadly but less contagious. Ebola was not given so much attention worldwide. Maybe this was the case because this situation was particular to Africa. And now with Corona, it seems to be that it is affecting fewer people, there are fewer fatalities. Yet, it is given more credit and attention than Ebola, back in its days. So, I guess it is more relevant because this is affecting not only developing countries but also developed ones.

Catarina, 39, Portuguese, area studies background: The countries that took measures right from the beginning are the ones that are dealing with the situation in the best way. And the Netherlands has been quite a latecomer in taking measures. Yet, I have to say that I have not fully developed an opinion regarding the effectiveness of the measures taken. In any case, I believe this situation must be taken into account very seriously because of the effects that this virus can have. Let’s imagine the virus is not deadly. Even in this case, because of the virus’s high contagious rate, it is possible that millions of people will not be able to work for weeks or months as they recover from the illness.

 

Will the economic and social consequences of the Coronavirus crisis be larger than the actual health crisis?

Daniel: The economic effects of the crisis may be more relevant for some people than the health effects. But that is exactly one of the things that struck me: we shouldn’t always be thinking in economic terms. It is not all about GDP growth. There are also many lives at stake here. People you may know might die if they catch the virus.

Peter: I am not sure how things can evolve in the future, both from a public health and economic perspective. I really hope this will end up well, but for how long can you really keep paying 70-90% of people’s salaries if the economic activity is going down.

Siina, 22, Finnish, development studies background: Reality check is always important. Not everyone can stay home. Not everyone can afford to stop working, especially entrepreneurs. Also, for the people working in the informal sector, how are they going to feed their families during these times when they cannot work, and no one gives them social aid? And in any case, for how long does a social system like that of Western European countries can remain stable when there is virtually no economic activity? A lot of people will die now, and that is horrible. But the overall social impact of the economic crisis may be even worse than what we see now. I don’t want to sound too negative, though. There is still hope that we will manage to get through this less dramatically. We’ll see.

 

How do you think our societies are going to look like in the post-Coronavirus crisis times? Will there be some major changes?

Daniel: The world is definitely not going to look the same. I think the question is just to what extent will it change, and in which ways will it change. For instance, many people have to work from home now.  Maybe this situation will just show us that it is entirely possible to just work from home. Maybe this will become the new norm. Maybe this would even show that people are more productive when they are in their own environment and don’t have to go to the office. Another thing: this will hit the economy hard. Do you remember the big recession after the first world war? And do you remember what happened afterward? Nationalism, discrimination, violence. Let’s hope this is not going to be the case during these times. The question is: either we will see the global community strengthened, people helping each other to rebuild the economies after the crisis, or the individuals and societies will act merely based on their own interests. This last case is quite scary. If these measures and the whole health and social situation is to remain like today for a couple more weeks, the economic impact may be far worse than that of the 2008 financial crisis. Virtually every country in the world is going to be affected by this crisis. We are in a historical event in the making. This will be something people will have to learn in school, I think.

Peter: Maybe younger people are going to be more wanted in the job market than older people. Another thing is, I hope that people will be sympathetic to the situation. People should be forgiven whatever mortgage payment they may have. It would suck if people have to leave their houses at the end of the crisis.

Catarina: People are radically changing the way they work, study, and live. Accurately predicting how the future will look like is impossible. But I think that a possible situation is that countries move their focus inwardly rather than acting cooperatively. I see a lack of overall coordination and agreement between countries as if we’re repeating post-WWI history. But also, at the individual level, it seems that right now it is difficult for us to act as a community. I’m surprised by the situation in the supermarkets. There’s no reason for us to hoard but we do it out of fear. The big problem with hoarding is that it leads to a vicious, anxiety-based cycle that ends up leading people to accumulate more and more goods and hence empty supermarkets. Maybe this kind of fear-led attitude will crystallize into the future. On the other hand, we may start realizing the importance of community cooperation, and community-building. This is a complex tension that we might see developing in the future.

Siina: I could write a book trying to answer this question. It’s a big question. I can think about many possible panoramas, so, for now, I will only think about what I hope will happen. I hope that big companies will start understanding humans’ role in the company’s business. I hope they will understand that human life is so fragile. I hope that capitalism will take a more human form, where our fragility is taken into account. Likewise, I hope that people will start taking care more about themselves and the ones close to them. For example, these days, I have received more phone calls than in the last three years in university. And I think that is beautiful. As we have some extra time, it is nice to take care of each other more. And this is important as we know how terrible it feels to be alone at home. Lastly, I hope that we will acknowledge more the work performed by those who maintain the structure of our societies.

 

Is there more?

I guess it is up to you. Are there things you can do in your community to help them get through this situation more easily? Are you able to find meaning in life during these extraordinary times? Perhaps, in the end, it all comes down to how you build your perspectives.

 

PS: Blog posts series to be continued.

Perspectives

Dear readers of the past, dear readers of the future,

 

We are certainly living in very uncertain times. I am not sure how our world will look like after the Coronavirus crisis. It seems to be clear that we will face one of the harshest financial, economic, and health crises of our times. People will lose millions of dollars. People may starve to death. Huge companies might collapse. The way societies act may drastically change. A lot of things will happen… a lot of things have already happened. What matters? What doesn’t? And why?

We always want an answer, we always want an explanation. Some people say that this virus comes as a tool to reduce the world’s population as it is already above the limits of sustainable growth. Some people say this virus comes as a deliberate tool from the Chinese to weaken the world’s economy. Some people say that the virus is a punishment of God for not having followed his path. Some people say that for some reason this virus deeply affects the places where racism is high, so it might be a punishment for being racist. Some people say the virus just comes as a consequence of humanity’s dirtiness. But to be honest, who cares about this? The fact is that the virus is here. Have we taken the right measures? Should we do more? Have we overreacted, and thus messed up with the economy and the free market? What should we do? What is the meaning of life when our future is so uncertain? What can we do to impact people’s lives when you cannot even have contact with other people? Is there more?

In this blog post series, I will discuss some of these questions from my perspective, while interacting with some other people. I will do several interviews with different people coming from different backgrounds to get an impression of our ideas on the topics mentioned above. I intend to make a coherent story out of all the things I will have heard. Let’s see if I succeed to do this.

Stay tuned for the next blog entry. But most importantly, stay healthy.

 

Sweets and candies,

Francisco

 

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Life in the Time of Corona

Dear friends, dear acquaintances, dear Corona,

I hope you are dealing with this well. But probably you are not. And that’s also fine. At the end of the day, all I wish for you and me is the strength and the mental and physical health that we need at these times. But actually, our needs go beyond that. We need money, we need people standing next to us, we need certainties, we need activities that make our lives have a meaning, we need social contact, we need love. And for some of us (many of us I would say), we do not have access to some of these needs at the moment. And that’s a shame. But that is also a sign that our societies are very weak, our societies depend on a perfect equilibrium among different factors, and if one or some of these factors fail to be there, then we crash. And for me, this is what is happening with the Corona situation. Yet, I think this Corona thing is just showing the problems we – or some people – face day-to-day at an accelerated and amplified scale.

Let me start by saying that all things said here are merely my opinion. As we have a massive amount of free time lately, I decided to retake my writing activities, and as you might have as well some extra free time, hopefully, you will be able to read this all. I do not know what to do. Lately, I am really afraid of going outside because of the spread of the coronavirus. However, I also realize that I just cannot panic as in reality, this is not an-end-of-the-world kind of situation. Another issue I face is deciding whether I should stay in the Netherlands or go back to Colombia. And there are hundreds of factors to take into account there. All in all, what I want to say is that nowadays we are required to make decisions in a very wise way. And that is increasingly difficult because, in the end, we are not perfectly rational objects, and quite often the best decisions are not the perfectly rational ones.

Anyways, I don’t want to underestimate or overestimate the seriousness of this situation. I acknowledge that we have to be precautious regarding physical contact, and we have to make sure we take the necessary sanitary measures to prevent the virus from spreading because of us. But on the other side, it is really sad to see the horrific economic and social impact that this virus has had among those living in precarious situations. Perhaps if you are a student that gets a fixed amount of money from your government (or your parents), then you shouldn’t worry too much about your finances. But if you are an entrepreneur that just opened a business, and now you are not allowed to work, and you just have cero customers, then you might not have money enough to pay your rent. I have already heard a handful of stories of people close to me that are wondering how they will financially survive the next few months. So, I would say, let’s acknowledge in what situation we are, and what we can do to help those that do not have the same opportunities or resources as us. Okay, but that sounds idealistic, right? How are we supposed to help the others, if we’re not even allowed to walk freely in the streets anymore (in some countries)? How are we supposed to help the others, if my income just barely makes it to supply my needs? How are you supposed to change the world, Francisco?

As you might know, I don’t have the answers to these questions. What I know though, is that our society is extremely fragile and that all aspects of human life are connected. The food industry, the health sector, politics, the economy, the financial market, your life, it’s all intertwined. And now with globalization and global capitalism, we cannot avoid being isolated as a society, as human beings, as individuals.

We’re supposed to aim at having a physical distance in these times. We’re supposed to avoid going outside. We’re supposed to stay at home. I guess the one thing that I can learn from this situation, for now, is that my regular life is very privileged as I can be free to thrive and achieve the goals I pursue. Let us acknowledge this, for now, so we can see how we can try to expand this privilege to others in the future.

Stay safe and sound,

F.

Is it worth it?

Hey guys,

I could not be more blessed of experiencing this Erasmus just as I have experienced it. At least until now haha! Let me explain to you why!

As you might have read in my previous blog posts, I am currently studying at Mannheim for an exchange semester. Many people ask me: why did you go to Mannheim if it is not a famous city, and if it is (apparently) not as pretty and exciting as other German cities? Why did I even decide to go to Germany? Why did I not leave the EU for my exchange? Lots of questions right? Well, allow me to tell you that I, by no means regret coming to this wonderful university, wonderful city, wonderful country. It is true that the architecture in Mannheim (and in Ludwigshafen, the city where I have lived the last few weeks) is not as pretty as that in cities like Heidelberg. But in any case, I have to say that Mannheim definitely has some very nice spots where you can see the contrast between the old and modern buildings, and you can see how the big war impacted this region. The main reason why I chose to live in Mannheim was because I wanted to improve my German, and I wanted to explore this very interesting country. The university of Mannheim happened to be very good for business and economics, and campus of the university really is a masterpiece. Furthermore, the university is located in a very strategic point in Germany, where you have several train connections that are quite convenient if you want to travel a little bit. When I arrived to Mannheim, I was so lucky to find a super cool job at SAP SE, in the surrounding area of Mannheim. This company is Europe’s largest software company, and there I not only practiced my German, but I also learned a lot about IT, and UX.

Another reason that has made me enjoy this experience at the most is that I have found amazing friends which will hopefully last for decades! And believe me, it is not a difficult job to get good friends in an experience like this, where everyone is so open and kind!

In overall, I can only recommend taking up the challenge of doing an Erasmus, and get to see many nice places and nice people. And hopefully, you will be able to do this in a country/city where you can practice some language skills, or maybe where you will be able to focus in one specific discipline for your studies or so. But of course, do not forget to die Party machen (nur ein bisschen!).

Warm regards, (you’ll need them if your in Northern Europe!)

 

F.

Perhaps…

Hereby, I would just like to present some reflections that I have had during some classes here in Mannheim while doing my semester abroad…

 

Sometimes I forget how privileged I am. And then, I encounter these situations where I realized that what is normal for me is perhaps extra-ordinary for others. I am so blessed to live in a peaceful, democratic country (as cliché as it may sound!). I am so happy to have the education I have been able to get. The people that surround me are the best. So, I feel like very often I get trapped in this kindness, and openness bubble, which only makes me feel good with myself for being conformist and not aiming to impact people’s lives. But still, there’s something inside saying that the kind of life I live is not the default and that I should do something in order to impact people’s lives in a positive way. And believe me, I am not saying I want to change the world, I don’t even think I can change my world. The only thing that I am saying here is that perhaps there is something I can do to feel useful in my life. Perhaps there is someone standing next to me that needs to be heard, perhaps there is someone that would appreciate a bit of solidarity or friendliness. Perhaps the person sitting next to you really doesn’t care about you. Who knows? I guess the point that I am trying to make here is that you can definitely impact your community. It’s all about you deciding whether you want to impact it in a positive way, in a negative way, or don’t do anything at all. And I am not saying that you should do this or that. All I am saying is that if you feel like me, that I feel there is so much more I can do, so much more there for me for you and for us, then give it a try and do something for the one that is next to you. They don’t need you; I would say it’s rather that you need them. Is this too confusing?

 

 

Let me confuse you a bit more. Why am I here? What is the reason behind me being here at this precise moment? Why are there so many ‘bad’ things happening in the world? Why does ‘bad’ stuff happen to good people? Is there more? Is there something more in this life, something that is worth living for?

I guess the answers to these questions would vary depending on your moral, religious and social values. What I can definitely tell you is that there is more. There is always more. Even when you don’t want there to be more, there is more. Even when you think that’s it, there is more. There will always be more problems, as well as there will always be more blessings. There will always be more people in your life waiting to be impacted by you (I would like to be positively impacted by you, for instance!) All this shit I’ve been saying might be blurry, but I hope you’ll eventually see what I’m trying to say. Let me finish saying this: I already like you!

 

Relativism of the self

Dear universals and relativists,

 

How can we really talk about something if we don’t know enough about it? But also, how could we ever talk about something if we think we will never know enough about it because there will be always someone that knows more than you about this? How can we compare the past with the present, if we haven’t really been in the past… if the only way we have approached the past has been through videos, pictures, literature, and monuments? How can we compare public historical figures with politicians living nowadays, if we don’t really get to know none of these people personally? How can we express our opinions about some issues that are not affecting us directly, and still think we should be heard? How can you blame people engaged in the Nazi party in the 40s, if you didn’t live what they went through if you don’t know what it really meant to live in Germany at that time? How can you say that big corporations are always trying to exploit people so that the owners and executives can profit as much as possible if you can only see as much as the media and your position allows you to see? How can you expect people to be as ‘open-minded’ as you are, if they come from a different background as yours, where not eating meat is seen as something unhealthy and bizarre?

 

I don’t want you to misunderstand me; I am not saying we cannot do any of the things previously mentioned… I am just saying that acting in such ways can be seen sometimes as problematic as there is no clear way of dealing with these issues. Some people might say we should compare the Nazis with Alternative für Deutschland (AfD). Some people might harshly oppose making this comparison. No matter if you like the Nazis; no matter if you like AfD. The point made by these people is that these kinds of comparisons are unsustainable as these parties developed in different contexts, under different circumstances at different times. In any case, what I am trying to say here, is that things are not anymore (and actually have never been!) black and white. Today’s issues are very complex, they are human-complex (as they have always been), so we need complex understandings of these issues in order to make sense of it. We need to realize that there is not such a thing as right or wrong… but there is what is right for you and what is wrong for you… right for your society and wrong for your society… right for your world and wrong for your world. Yet, I would argue that a universal morality is rather a utopia that we (unsuccessfully) keep trying to establish as a reality.

 

I have been thinking about it, and I believe that everything depends on your point of view (oh, there we go again Francisco!). And yet, we have managed to build-up accepted universal definitions, meanings, and ideas that seem to apply everywhere. How can this be the case? Enlighten me!

 

Take care,

 

Francisco

coreless

Dear individuals and non-individuals,

 

I have come to realize that we are valued for what you do, and not for who you are.

I am very happy here in Mannheim, Germany doing my semester abroad. I have been able to join a local church where I can speak German all the time; I am enjoying some very challenging courses on the humanities faculty; I have recently started to work part-time at Europe’s largest software company SAP; and most importantly, I have been able to appreciate life.

It’s getting colder and colder, but Germany just becomes more and more beautiful. The Christmas experience is around the corner and I am looking forward to living it. Master’s applications are making me super excited, and new personal development opportunities keep coming to me.

This Erasmus experience has been a true blessing for me. Yes, even if some of you might not like that word, I think it has been a blessing, a blessing fallen from heaven and given by God. Okay, I might be going too far. Doesn’t matter if you believe in a god or not, the point is… this Erasmus has been a predictable, yet intriguing experience. In this way, it has been genuinely German… I would say German people are – to some extent – both predictable and intriguing. I have come to realize that being predictable is not something negative, or at least it shouldn’t be seen as such. Lately, I feel ‘western’ people wanna be spontaneous, unpredictable, very chic. Yet, I believe you don’t have to be predictable, just because the trend is saying predictable is nice. Just be however you wanna be, and decide this on your own, according to what you see that fits you well and what might not. In any case, I just wanted to point out that this blog entry has not really had a single cohesive point. I have written what has come to my mind without thinking so much about it. I have been trying to be spontaneous. Perhaps I failed because now I am thinking about to make this seem more natural.

Anyways, thanks for sticking up with me until now and God bless you dear.

Yours faithfully,

f.

PS: I promise I’ll put more effort into the next blog’s entry.