It’s been a long four years since that cold January 20th, 2009. I remember coming from a bike ride in the cold forest surrounding my hometown, and then watching Barack deliver his 1st inauguration speech in front of millions. I remember the tears in my eyes as he filled us all with immense hope for a better tomorrow.
Four years have now passed and gone by and, today, I’ve had the same feeling as that very first day, watching Barack do it all over again, with more determination and love (yes, love) than ever.
Four years in which I have experienced and endured the hardest times of my life so far. Neither of us, on that january of 2009, knew the magnitude of the tasks before us nor the tremendous difficulties standing in the way. And yet there we went, full of courage and belief, as if the ice would melt to our passion.
Yes, it has been a rough road, one I never anticipated let alone imagined. When I committed myself to undertaking a professional, and personal, project (Globearth, an environmental consulting firm, at the origins of today’s Emprendae) with my brother and some friends, I didn’t know what I was doing. And to make matters worse, I didn’t know how on Earth I was going to do it. And, even more daring, make a living out of it. But I did know a small yet life-defining detail: I knew WHY. Deep inside of me I knew I had to, somehow, contribute to a more sustainable, just and human world. And, boy, I went about it as hard (and blindly at times) as I could. Into the unknown but with guts.
Failures piled up as did kicks-in-the-butt. And yet I did not stop neither did I falter to my commitment and trust in my fellow human beings, as if driven by an all-mighty inner force. I could have as well continued the easy path and take that well-paid and highly-recognized PhD at the European Space Agency and NASA that I had been offered. But I didn’t. Something inside of me told me I should choose the red pill -as in Matrix- and pursue my dreams. Yes, mother, I took the red pill, I chose the curvy path, the uphill ride. I could not have done it otherwise, sorry for the roller-coaster of emotions though. But I did it for good reason … you, all of you that give purpose to my life and meaning to my existence.
Four years at the University of Life, as Argentinians like to put it. Four years in which I’ve pushed myself to my own limits and redefined them. I’ve discovered that there is a great power in me that can get me through incredible situations. That I can bear bone-wracking pain and deep sorrow and still emerge stronger. I’ve learned loads about the world, about my relations with others and connections with Mother Nature. And, above all, I’ve mastered myself, the confines of my soul and the wings of my spirit. I’ve realized that I was born with a million defects … but also with one beautiful gift. A gift for people that is, a gift to lead, motivate and set the spark going for the pursuit of our common good, through our shared responsibility.
Before I just had a hint, but now I know for certain: that I’m resilient, that I’m tenacious, that if plan A doesn’t prosper I’ll come up with plan B, and C, and D. That I’ll fight as long as it takes, that I’ll learn and improve upon my mistakes, and that I will eventually find a way forward, no matter what.
Because if life is an attitude, a miracle from the Heavens, an Oasis in the Universe, then I want to explore it with you. Because if joy is along the road and happiness is only real when shared, then I want to walk it by your side, shoulder with shoulder, heart to heart.
“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.” -Nelson Mandela
“We are made for this moment and we will seize it, so long as we seize it together. Let us each of us now embrace with solemn duty, and awesome joy, what is our lasting birthright. With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom. Thank you.” -Barack Obama
“Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.” -The Earth Charter
On we go my fellow human beings, into the unknown, but together, for love 😉