It’s late, I’m sweating, I’m tired and I would like to take a shower and then go to bed. But somehow I felt that I needed to stop by and drop a few lines here. It’s been so long since I was here… A couple of years ago I bought a book about how to become a writer, and the one advice from the author that I can clearly remember is that one should write every day, whether a few lines or a lot of pages, but write every day. The advice is imprinted in my head, but I can rarely find the time or mood to do it.
One of the reasons is that, being a very busy translator, I type,
type, type hundreds or thousands of words all day and the last thing I
want to do when I finish a project is continue typing. But there should
be other reasons, they are hidden now but I’m sure they’ll come out.
Years of psychoanalysis have taught me that.
Moving out from my old house really, really changed my life — I love
the fact that I can go to almost any place without having to spend a lot
of time driving in a congested route. I can get on my bike anytime I
please and ride around without feeling that I’m going to be run over
around the corner — drivers are more biker-conscious here. There is
something about this house that makes me want to stay as much as
possible here. Going out? Only if it is really necessary. Perhaps it’s
the light — so many windows and doors letting the sun in since the early
hours of the mornings. And light is what my friend Elizabeth sees in my
face — she tells me I look wonderful now.
Another good change in my life is I’ve been doing exercise every
single day since December 26, when I finally decided to follow the
advice of my older brother Felipe, who has been advising me to get in
shape for years. He’s a 63-year-old man whose athletic look makes me
feel ashamed, but now I’m on my way of finally getting rid of this big
old belly. He knows that I do not like gyms or running endlessy around
parks like an idiot, but he proposed me to do a 5-minute routine with
one of Samantha Clayton’s videos on YouTube. 5 minutes a day? I’m IN.
That seemed like a very, very realistic goal to me and that’s the reason
why I’ve kept doing it.Little by little, that big old belly will go
away. Life has taught me that a little work every day gives great and
lasting results. Here I go.