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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NICE THINGS

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Putem sa avem parte de lucruri frumoase chiar si pe timp de pandemie? M-am tot intrebat asta in timp ce am incercat sa ma acomodez cu noul stil de viata. De la mijlocul lui martie viata s-a schmbat complet. Drumul de 45 de minute pana la munca s-a redus la 45 de secunde, cam cat imi ia sa ajung la birou din orice colt al casei. Bucataria e acum restaurantul meu preferat, baie e si spa, sufrageria sala de sport. Lumea a devenit dintr-o data mai mica si poate acum sa incapa in apartamentul meu.

Can we have nice things during this pandemic? I kept wondering while adjusting to a new lifestyle. Starting mid-March life has completely changed. My daily commute went from 45 minutes to about 45 seconds, the time it takes to reach my desk from almost every corner of my apartment. My kitchen became my favorite restaurant and coffee shop, the bathroom is also a spa, the living room is also a gym. The world became smaller, and can now fit into my apartment.  

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LIFE DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

Este incredibil cat de repede s-a schimbat felul in care traim, in mai putin de cateva saptamani. Acum o luna, tocmai ma intorceam dintr-o calatorie la Madrid. Totul mergea perfect la munca si deja imi planuiam urmatoarea vacanta. Acum, ma simt ca si cand m-am trezit intr-un univers paralel, in viata altcuiva.

It’s strange how quickly life took a turn this year. A month ago, I was just returning from a perfect trip to Madrid. Things were moving along smoothly at work, and I was planning the next vacation. Now, it’s like I woke up in a parallel universe, walking in another person’s shoes.

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LIVE IN THE NOW

Avem tendinta sa ne gandim mereu la ce urmeaza, in loc sa ne contentram la prezent. Cand suntem la munca, numaram zilele ramase pana la weekend. Cand suntem la supermarket, ne gandim cum sa ajungem mai repede acasa. Cand suntem plictisiti, ne gandim la urmatoarea vacanta, si exemplele pot continua. Viata este alcatuita din momente plictisitoare, captivante, bune, rele, toate emotiile pozitive si negative, care creeaza un cocktail unic pentru fiecare. In loc sa ne gandim care va fi urmatoarea “bautura”, ar trebui sa ne concentram pe gustul fiecarei inghitituri, cu toate aromele ei.

We always tend to think about what’s coming next instead of focusing on the present moment. When we are at work, we count the days left until the weekend. When we are at the supermarket, we only think about how we can get home faster. When we are bored, we think about our next vacation, and the examples could keep on coming. Life is made up of dull, exciting, good, bad, all of the existing emotions, a positive and negative mix, to create a unique cocktail for each one of us. Instead of thinking about what the next “drink” will be, we should focus on tasting each sip, with all the flavors. 

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