Gifts of irreplaceable nature

A common question around this time of the year is “What do you want for Christmas?” Personally, I expect the unexpected because I like to receive surprises. Good gifts stay with us for very long time, creating a major impact in our lives.

I don’t remember all the gifts I have ever received. It is a blur of memories when I travel back in time to picture the letters, the cards, the money, the toys, the clothes and the kisses. Please do not get me wrong, I am very grateful for each of those gifts because they brought me happiness and joy. Their meanings have been engraved deep into the specs of their uniqueness in the fabric of time.

Running became a very essential part of my life after running my first marathon 8 years ago. I look at the medals I have received through the years, and the most gratifying moments happened while competing with a relay team. Running with friends encompasses more than just passing a bracelet after completing a leg during the race. It involves early mornings of training, keeping a good diet, motivation, planning, and good chemistry. The pictures at the finish line are part of my collection of memories and unforgettable tales of accomplishments. I am thankful for the gift of amazing running mates and partners in crime.

More than a year ago, I received an orange orchid from someone very close to my heart. Knowing that this person went the extra mile to find a Cattleya (national flower of Colombia), I had a great responsibility in my hands. It represented so much to me, and yet I failed to make it survive through the winter. I was so sad that I could not hold the tears. It dwindled as our relationship is now just a distant memory.

I am thankful for the gift of the word. It travels with me every day and it has given me the fortune to conquer my dreams and get me to places. It has transformed my public speaking skills and the poetry flows on a full moon night with the rhythm of sea tides.

When I look around my apartment, I find treasures in the shape of photographs, art, books, seashells, shot glasses, ornaments, notes and plenty of traveling souvenirs. I appreciate you for who you are, and for devoting your time and energy to build meaningful relationships.

Are you looking forward to the gifts reserved for your happiness?

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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