2017, a year that only has a few days left to live taught me a valuable lesson: the purpose that we all have in this world is to fight for our dreams. It was this year when I began to discover the reason why everything has a time, and that life is not just about looking for happiness, but to understand that it is composed of both the sweet and the bitter moments, and that as human beings we need the two things to live.
Sometimes life takes us down paths that we can not understand, gives us obstacles that make the journey more difficult, and just when we think that fighting for something has no meaning, life itself reveals a surprise, a motivation. So we move on, we are filled with hope and energy. We have to enjoy the joys with all the strength we have, and learn from sadness and defeat with all our intellect and instinct.
We all have unique dreams and abilities. That is what differentiates us from each other and what drives us to pursue certain objectives. This year I proved myself that when we fight for our dreams and achieve them, what it means is that these are the beginning of other goals to be fulfilled. New dreams, new paths, new teachings. I learned that an unreached dream is only an incomplete goal, and its search reveals something bigger and more worthwhile to achieve.
The problem is that in the middle of that struggle we sometimes lose the ability to appreciate the little things. But they are there, always within our reach. The smiles of our children, the kiss of that person we love, the voice of a loved one we have far away, the embrace of a friend … They are the jewels of that treasure called life, which reminds us that we have always had everything in the end. Then, why do we get into conflict? When we accept that life should not be defined by seeking that eternal happiness and we stop struggling with the desire to satisfy this irrational search, we also stop looking for perfection because we understand that it does not exist. We will always be both, vulnerable but resilient, made of tears and smiles, we win and lose battles, we have goals for and against. But it is in our hands to go through life either competing with others and only reach a life full of frustration, or just compete with ourselves progressing everyday and reaching our dreams.
And as always when the year ends we make our own balance of profit and loss, we think about the good and the bad that it brought us. However, I will not think again in terms of good or bad years and that is why I leave you with this message: I hope that this year has been full of teachings and that with them all of you can move on to another new cycle, which will surely bring smiles and tears, but wishing for it to be a year of better trials and fruits. I hope that when the time comes to close 2018, we can all say that we are better people with more dreams fulfilled and many more to come. Merry Christmas to all and happy New Year!!!