There is this saying, that greatest of truths are told with a smile.
I want to say Thank you! once more, from the bottom of my heart, to a few people who’ve shaped my character over time. Because without them, I have no doubt whatsoever, I would find myself in a completely different reality today. And one I would not cherish so much.
They are the people I’ve looked up to, trusted and continued to listen to, when I didn’t understand them. Whose opinions of me I’ve questioned (and sometimes secretly hated), when they did not match my opinions of me. Whose pieces of advice I’ve always carried with me, regardless of whether or not I was prepared to listen or follow them. I knew there was something in them I would eventually begin to grasp.
R and A have been my mentors. Thank you, R, and thank you, A, for having taught me how to grow up as a professional, for having been there all those times when I needed to knock at your offices’ doors with my list of questions; you’ve been my reality check. my solid ground, my references whilst growing up. Most importantly, I thank you for having left the decision of what to do on my shoulders. It was so damn hard sometimes; yet looking back, I wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂 You’ve taught me how to look ahead; and that I should, always, try see far along the road.
A, C and C have been my best friends. Thank you A, C and C, for having believed in me, when I didn’t. For having seen in me, what I couldn’t. For having always spoken the truth in my face, with the risk of leaving scars on my soul. I guess we’d always (somehow) known we were in for a life time. And so, the times when we needed to part, to heal, to reconcile, would have been as natural as all the moments of our being close. That we would meet again, more and more complete, each time.
And then there are my aunt and my uncle, M and H; and my cousin, P. Thank you, M, and thank you H, for having loved me, looked after me, trusted me through my doubtful decisions, waiting, so patiently, for me to find myself. I do not know who, what and where I would have been in this life without you. Nor I want to know, as a matter of fact 🙂 Forgive me, for all the times I’ve saddened you by not knowing better. You’re in my heart, forever. P, my best (boy) friend in the world. It’s just… you brighten up my life and heal my heart, every time I get to see you again. I want you to know this, and I want you to be tremendously happy!
A, I and A: my brother, my little niece and my sister-in-law. Thank you, A, for having taken me with you at all those parties when I was 16 and you were 21; never got it why you did that in the first place (maybe you just loved me :)), but boy I had what to brag about in highschool. I know I’ve been a pain in the ass (please, please pardon my French, dear ones; I do live in a city that speaks French, and I am in love with this language). But don’t you love me? 🙂 I do love you. And I know that day will come, when everything will be all right (again). I, my sweetheart, I hope you’ll get to read this later someday. I promise I shall do my best to run for The Best Aunt in the World every year! I mean, I kind of like the test of it 🙂 You have a good heart and bright blue, beautiful eyes (remember, the eyes are the mirror of the soul); it’s on our shoulders to pass on to you the right values, to teach you ask the questions that are worth to be asked, and to help you look for the answers. And you will be so good. Thank you for having called me The Best Aunt in the World that summer day; no one can ever take that away from me now (and it’s on video anyway, so it cannot be contested either). A, you are my sister, with an S. Thank you, deeply, for your kindness and for your care. You’ve always been there for me. Always.
Mom, dad… here I am. My Oscars night… tonight, every night. You’ve brought me to this world, and by doing so, you’ve given me one of the most precious gifts one can receive: Life. I’ll keep on smiling, don’t you worry for a second 🙂 I miss you, though.