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Disney will not make a movie based on my most impactful memories come to life

During my first winter in United States, I was sitting by the window on a cold December night mesmerized by the bright color of snow illuminating the dark roads of the city. I stayed in that spot for hours taking everything in with an amazing feeling of satisfaction. I lost any sense of time, but how could I not? The sky was never dark that night.

Certain moments in life are very vivid and will be glued in our minds for as long as we can remember. I don’t want to forget that moment because I was very grateful to be there, to be present, to experience something that I never thought it could have been possible.

If we believe, the universe will be our accomplice at succeeding. I cannot explain why, but deep in our hearts we know that everything will work just fine. We have to keep a good spirit even when we go through difficult times in life to find hope.

Although my list of good times vs. difficult-to-digest times is larger by many orders of magnitude, I am presenting to you some of those difficult times because life is not bed of roses.

I never asked to be cheated on. I never asked to be treated unfairly. I never asked to be left alone. I never asked to feel sad and depressed. I never asked for love. I never asked for an answer. I only put myself out there with the sole purpose of leaving a trace of me – It’s the only way I knew.

The succession of all these events had to happen, so I could find gratitude from the ones that impacted my life the most. I don’t simply sink my memories into oblivion; I place them safely within the boundaries of my heart because they make part of who I am.

The process of ruminating is accentuated by the holiday season, when I pay tribute to my most impactful memories.

My definition of the holiday season starts at day 300. It’s the time of the year when Halloween is around the corner, and Thanksgiving and December will follow shortly thereafter. As a result, I start to evaluate the outcome of the year, and most importantly, I plan for the next 65 days (66 in a leap year).

This post is dedicated to relationships. Thank you for teaching me how to fall in love, laugh at silly things, talk for hours without looking at the clock, hold a hand, admire each other’s eyes, kiss passionately, hug silently, look forward for weekend adventures, share a drink, enjoy the flavors of any cuisine, discuss the science behind everything, understand the meaning of songs, embrace the value of our families, run through snowy and muddy roads, evaluate the position of the stars, read books during dates, sing on karaoke night, get lost in the forest, pick flowers, cook together, react impulsively, brave the elements, dance graciously, speak languages, solve brain teasers, acknowledge that bunnies are the best pets ever, challenge for excellence, and many (many) more.

I can add much more to this list by enumerating every single contribution to my growth as an individual. Without you in my life, I would feel empty. Each element will someday make me whole, meaning that I need to continue collecting the treasures left behind.

Alvaro Rodriguez

I am from Colombia and I am very proud to be from that beautiful country. One of my great passions is life because I have walked this path by sharing it with amazing people. People that have taught me to see the world in a very different way. Extraordinary individuals have showed me what I have never could discover by myself. I am an eager reader of science, poetry, politics, and music (yes, the meaning and composition of song lyrics). I have a great appreciation for art, languages, and the expression of everyone's perspective seen from the lens of a camera. I love Astronomy and one day I will be in space. I am a Research Scientist in Corrosion Engineering and writing is a great way for me to tell the world how I feel.

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