RELAXED MOMENTS AT HOME

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Calatoriile imi lipsesc cel mai mult in vremurile acestea de pandemie. Imi e dor sa urc in avion si sa decolez spre o destinatie noua, in care sa explorez, sa vad locuri noi si sa cunosc alti oameni. Pentru moment am ales sa nu imi asum riscuri si sa raman acasa. Asta nu inseama ca nu pot sa explorez orasul meu, cu locurile lui frumoase si primitoare. Asa am petrecut o dimneata frumoasa prin Bucuresti. A fost cald, insorit si destul de relaxant incat sa ma simt ca intr-un tinut magic. Am inceput cu o plimbare in parc.

Travelling is what I’ve been missing most during this pandemic. I miss embarking on a plane and taking off to a new destination, exploring and discovering new places and people. It’s my choice for the moment to stay put and avoid taking any risks. But this does not mean that I cannot explore my own city with its beautiful and welcoming places. It is how I’ve spent a lovely morning out and about in Bucharest. It was sunny, warm, and relaxing enough to transport me to a magical land. I started with a walk in the park.

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HELPING OTHERS IN NEED

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Uneori viata te aduce in situatii din care poate crezi ca nimeni nu te poate ajuta sa iesi, nici macar tu insuti. Asta nu este o scuza sa devenim preocupati doar de persoana noastra, blocati doar in problemele si realitatea noastra. Cam asa reactioneaza oamenii atunci cand au probleme. De-a lungul timpului, viata mi-a adus multe provocari, insa un singur lucru a ramas constant in mintea mea: ca nu trebuie sa imi proiectez problemele sau nefericirea asupra altora. E important sa ne amintim ca toti avem greutati. Nu exista nimeni pe acest pamant care sa nu aiba probleme, si multi dintre noi ne confruntam cu ele chiar acum, in timp ce cititi aceste randuri.

Felul in care am ales sa depasesc problemele, cu zambetul pe buze si inarmata cu cate o gluma ii uimeste pe unii. Atat de mult incat pot crede ca mint atunci cand spun ca am o problema mare. Dar e OK, pentru ca nu caut ajutorul nimanui, depinde doar de mine sa ma ajut, si uneori sa ii ajut si pe altii, dupa cum veti vedea. In ziua de azi, disponibilitatea de a ajuta pe cineva te poate pune intr-o postura de inferioritate, pentru ca mai nou, bunatatea e confundata cu slabiciunea. Multi cer ajutor cand au nevoie, si dupa ce il primesc, nu se deranjeaza niciodata sa se ingrijeasca si de altcineva in afara de propria persoana. Multi te cauta doar cand au un interes si apoi te uita. Si asta e in regula din punctul meu de vedere. E probabil motivul pentru care astfel de oameni sunt atrasi de mine. Nu doar familia si prietenii, uneori si strainii de pe strada pornesc din senin o conversatie despre o problema de-a lor personala sau o situatie aparte. Cu siguranta citesc ceva in aura mea.

Nu doar oamenii simt asta, ci si animalele. Si iata o poveste despre cum am ingriit un porumbel mic, care mi-a cerut personal ajutorul. E o postare pe care trebuia sa o scriu de mult, dar din cauza unor probleme personale, blogul nu a fost o prioritate. Sper sa schimb asta. Dar hai sa ne intoarcem in decembrie 2021, cu doar cateva zile inainte de Craciun, cand un pui de porumbel a venit la fereastra mea, in cautare de ajutor.

Sometimes life takes you to a place where you are not sure if you can even help yourself. But remember that it is not an excuse to become self-centered, immersed only in your problems and your reality. This is how most people deal with problems. I’ve had life throw at me more balls than I can juggle, but one thing remained constant in my mind: that I should never project my problems or my unhappiness on others. It’s important to remember that we all have our hardships. There’s not a single soul on this planet that has not dealt with problems, and most of us are dealing with them right now, as you are reading these lines.

The way I pass through life’s hard times, with a smile on my face and a joke here and there always baffles others. So much that they might even believe that I am lying when I say that I am dealing with a major problem. But that’s OK because I seek no one’s help, it’s only up to me to help myself, and sometimes, as you will see, even help others. Being a decent human being sometimes puts you in a position of inferiority in today’s times, when kindness is mistaken for weakness. Many reach out for help only when they need it, they take and take and never bother to ask about someone other than themselves. Many will seek you out only when it’s in their best interest and then forget about you. And that’s fine with me. It’s probably why these people are drawn to me like a moth to a flame. Not only family and friends, sometimes even strangers reach out on the street and strike a conversation out of nowhere, about a personal issue or a certain situation. There’s definitely a vibe that I am giving out.

Not only humans feel this vibe, but animals too. And here’s a story about how I took care of a baby pigeon that personally came to me to request my help. It’s a long overdue post, but due to personal reasons, writing on my blog was not a priority for me. I hope to change that. But let me take you back to December 2021, just a few days before Christmas, when a baby pigeon came to my window, looking for help.

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I am HAPPY!

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De aproape sase luni de zile am invatat sa traim diferit. Inainte nu ma gandeam ca se poate trai si altfel. Imi imaginam ca poate, in alt univers sau in alta viata, oamenii traiesc asa. Apropiati acasa, in familiile lor si distantati de restul lumii. Oare cat va mai continua aceasta situatie? Acum, ca am avut timp sa traiesc asa, ma gandesc ca aceasta este normalitatea pe care inainte nu ne-o puteam imagina.

Almost six months have passed since we live differently. Before, I never took the time to think that there’s another way. I imagined that maybe, in another universe or another life, people are living like this. Socially undistanced at home, in their families, and distanced from the rest of the world. Who knows for how long will this situation continue? Now that I had the time to live this way, I think this is the normal that we were not able to see. 

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FOCUS ON WORK, FROM HOME

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De cand a inceput criza COVID-19, pentru multi a fost din ce in ce mai greu sa distanteze viata personala de cea profesionala. Angajatii care pot lucra de acasa au inceput sa se adapteze la noua normalitate. Beneficiile, cel putin pentru mine sunt multe. Imi place ca ajung din dormitor la birou in doar cinci minute. La revedere, mijloace de transport aglomerate! Alte beneficii includ programul flexibil, sentimentul de siguranta de acasa si haine comode.

Sunt si persoane care isi pierd repede concentrarea acasa. Iata cum ma descurc eu.

Balancing personal and work life has never been harder since the COVID-19 crisis started. The employees that can perform their jobs from home started to slowly adjust to the new normal. The benefits, at least for me, are many. My favorite perk is being able to travel from my bedroom to my office in no more than five minutes. So long, pesky commute! Other benefits include a more flexible schedule, the safe feeling of your own home, or a comfy outfit.

But some people can get easily distracted by this familiar environment. Here’s how I remain focused.

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LIVING WITH A CHRONIC ILLNESS

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Boala, fie ca e vorba de o afectiune acuta care supara doar pe moment, sau de o suferinta cronica de durata, ajunge inevitabil sa ne fie partenera de viata tuturor. Unii sunt norocosi si ies repede din relatia cu Boala. Altii raman legati pe viata de Boala intr-o relatie toxica si plina de neprevazut. Cine a avut ghinionul sa se imprieteneasca cu Boala in Romania, stie ca are toate sansele ca suferinta sa sa se dubleze din cauza lipsurilor din sistem. Lipsuri care de ani buni sunt ignorate de cei care conduc Romania prin rotatie. Doar chipul si numele sunt diferite. In esenta, ei sunt aproape toti o apa si un pamant. “Animale” politice (de fapt a-i numi asa este o jignire adusa regnului animal) care nu cunosc omenia si empatia.

The Disease, be it an acute affection that manifests itself for the moment, or a long time chronic illness, is inevitably sometimes a life partner for all of us. Some are lucky and leave this relationship quickly. Others, learn to live with the Disease, in a toxic and restless relationship. Whoever had the misfortune to befriend a Disease in Romania, knows their suffering can be doubled by the lack of conditions in the health system. Shortages that for too long now are purposely ignored by those who rule Romania by rotation. Only their faces and names are different. Essentially, they are one and the same. Political “animals” (calling them this is an offense to the animal kingdom) that do not know humanity and empathy.

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