By: Luana Mattos, Guest Blogger
This month I am officially following one of my biggest dreams: to write a book. I've been postponing this for two years by making all kind of excuses, like "this is not the right time,” "maybe this isn't for me" and so on. But after all the events I’ve experienced and all the inspiration I got from every single person in my life I decided that this is it! This is the time! Also I have to admit that Emma Watson's speech at the UN plays a big part in this, it made think "If not now, when? if not me, who?"
What I love about books is that they transcend time and generations. I recently bought a collectable edition of Jane Austen that includes seven of her novels. Jane was born on 16th December, 1775 in Hampshire, England. She was a revolutionary writer. With her realism, biting irony, and social commentary she used her writing to express her thoughts about issues of gender politics and class-consciousness rarely expressed in her day; i.e., she was THAT GIRL. I guess what I am trying to say is that there is something magic about books, it allows us to travel in time and see how the generations before ours lived.
“It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.” ― Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
Old books like Jane's and the Bible taught me that humans haven't changed much since they first stepped on this earth. The times have changed, the industrial revolution transformed everything around us, and the technology made the impossible possible, but humans with all their insecurities and passions are still the same. It’s as if history is fated to repeat itself over and over, which is not necessarily bad when it comes to the great deeds our ancestors made, but it's worrying when it comes to the mistakes they made. And that's what books are for, so we can learn from their mistakes in order not to repeat them. That is the real evolution: when we learn from our past and make the best of our future!
As usual, I would like to make an invitation, I invite you to write your memories, you don't have to write a book or keep a journal, but imagine how great would be if the next generation could see the world through our eyes and learn from us? It would be our legacy to them, our memories, and a part of us that would remain after we’re gone. Because that’s what life's all about, living and learning; growing and evolving; losing and winning; and figuring out our purpose in the process.
What are you dreaming about that you want to make a reality? What do you need to get there? Tell us your story here!
Luana is Christian girl whose faith inspires her to be the best version of herself every day. Besides her work as an administrative supervisor, she is a freelance journalist and writes a column about real life experiences, focusing on topics relevant to social projects, volunteer work, and awareness campaigns for the Brazilian website www.hollywoodeaqui.com. She also had the opportunity to interview Nicholas Sparks, Wm. Paul Young and L. J. Smith.