I would like to thank all of my friends for the kind and beautiful messages I have received with regards to my last post. I never thought I would be able to inspire another person, never mind dozens of people.
We all have hidden potential that we are too afraid to discover.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frighten us.”
I understand that we are all in different situations. What I do not understand are the confusing statements of “I am too scared” with “I can’t”.
There are very few things you cannot do. Your parents told you not to go out and you did so anyways in your rebellious phase. Someone told you, you couldn’t do it but you still found a way. My grandpa thought he “couldn’t” quit smoking, but once the doctor told him to choose quitting or death, he stopped instantly and lived for another 25 years. I thought I couldn’t come to Brazil and figure a way to make a living in such uncertain times. Guess what? I am already working on it and it is simpler than expected.
Tomorrow is a safe territory where most people store their dreams and aspirations. Do you think that “tomorrow” you’ll be courageous? Do you think that “tomorrow” you’ll be bolder? NO! I still have the same amount of courage as I had 1 year ago, I am able to concentrate on what I really want, without letting fears affect my decisions and listening to what others think.
You aren’t chasing your dreams because you are scared of failing, because you are fearful of uncertainty and because you think you aren’t worth it. If so, I must tell you that inaction is the biggest failure. Uncertainty is the only certainty we have, and that every human being is worth it. You and I were created to try our very best on this earth. I don’t know your dreams but whatever it is, it is worth more than any relationship, job, location, and feeling.
An Update on Brazil
Brazil is better than expected. As in every corner on earth, people exaggerate here too. The news was created to entertain – not inform. The failing businesses get more attention than the great businesses and opportunities here. This is why I rarely pay attention to the news; I skim through articles and only read the important information that may help me make decisions.
After living in Canada for nine years with my father, I lost the sense of the importance of family. It is a unique experience to be living with my mom again. Being surrounded by cousins and uncles is truly refreshing. I can ask for their advice at any time and this is very comforting. Plus, My mom’s food is way better than Kraft Dinner. I believe we will have stroganoff for lunch today.
It is general knowledge that armies prefer to fight on grounds they are used to fight on. Some armies do better on air while others prefer to fight on the ground. We too have our own favorable territories. Some people prefer to work in an office, others prefer to be selling door to door. We all have our optimal working spaces. Brazil is optimal to me. It is my favorable ground. I feel at home here and no place can beat that.
São Paulo can be compared to New York. Regardless, of the current situation, the city does not sleep. Opportunities are everywhere. Many people make a living selling chocolate on the street, others sell electronics and everyone tries to get by in whatever form he can. There is very little to fear in such a great and big city. Whatever you sell, you can find people willing to buy it. After all, it is a city of 12 million people.
I live by two rules: Use your brain and follow your heart. I did both before coming here. I don’t regret it one bit. As soon as you use your brain and follow your heart, find a way to make it. My job in Canada was easier than what I will be doing here – less stressful and more secure. But, I wouldn’t trade the uncertainty and stress for anything else. As long as I am here, I will figure my way out. I will keep trying and trying and trying. I may die before anything concrete occurs but I will be on my deathbed knowing that I lived the life I wanted – not listening to others and not giving into my fears.
I will keep updating you on my progress and my hope is to inspire many of you to take the hard steps that will lead to a better future.
Here is a sample of one of the most popular Brazilian songs at the moment. Trigger warning: my country roots aren’t language bound.