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FRAGILITY

WHAT EMOTION DO YOU BELIEVE IS UNDERRATED?  I believe that we, out of pride, and simply because we are human, tend to underrate sad emotions, specifically the ones that show fragility. We all do it a bit. I don’t like to reveal any kind of vulnerability, and I even try to send out an unreal…

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YOUR FEELINGS MATTER

“What was the best piece of advice you ever received?”   I don’t know if it’s a cultural thing or a generational issue, but Polish people find enormous pleasure in giving others advice. Especially the older to the younger. The problem is that it’s usually unsolicited, not very thought-through, or just plain disrespectful, without taking…

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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN

Can you smell it? The smell of dirtiness and misery;  The lack of dignity on this train?   Can you hear it? The noise of loneliness and poverty; The cracking ice and the pouring rain? I can smell it.  I can hear it.    Every day.  In every train.     The 5% unemployment rate of…

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EMBRACE YOUR SADNESS

“What was the best piece of advice you ever received?”   “I will not say, do not weep, for not all tears are an evil” – Gandalf  In the midst of the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we tend to overlook and underestimate our emotions, reaching the point of forbidding ourselves of feeling something that,…

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TO THE RAIN

rain, come, fall in this desert that happened string naked the clouds teach us to drop the leaves the tears the luggage words and sorrows those that weigh with no more validity and utility with no further message.   teach us to let go of what is no longer ours the now that was and…

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EMBRACE YOUR AWKWARDNESS

“What was the best piece of advice you ever received?”   When we are young, pieces of advice are nothing but words put together into a strange sentence. Why should we bother paying attention? At that time, those words seem incapable of having any type of connection with our future path.  But, if we are…

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JODY WILLIAMS

Estoril, 29th May 2017. A full auditorium is listening to a panel of 5 Nobel Peace Prizes at the Estoril Conferences. At the back of the room, a few dozens of military youth in their impeccable uniforms are confronted by a passionate panelist who yells: “We have to stop glorifying war. War is not glorious….

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THE “NO CONCEPT” CONCEPT

With a week left until the end of 2017, closing reflections naturally arise. Many of us are forced by our intricate minds to replay and rewind through our year’s top highlights, judging each movie as it plays before our eyes. In this reflection process, we select the memories and learnings we feel are the most…

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WHEN I CHOSE TO LAUGH

In a man’s world, where I am told to smile more in order to be pretty, it can be very strange to be told not to laugh or not to make a fool out of myself.  I was raised on the premise of never taking myself, others, or the world very seriously – my father…

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WATCHING IT GROW

The seed had been planted in April, deep in the darkest part of my being, lying there quietly in its hard impenetrable husk. It barely bothered me at all, and I only thought of it briefly when I was alone and wondered whether it would grow.  By June, however, a tiny shoot poked above the…

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CREATURES

chalked with sun dustspinning smilesreflected on their filed teeth the melody of the past.their fangs grew at duskselfish desirepierced their dehydrated lips and exposed new powers. think of their claws, dipped in molassesdripping sauces orof their tongues caressing the ethergrazing egos andsanding their gyri. look at their hooves, drenched in glucosetastes like raspberry, blackberry, blueberrygazes…

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THE ILLUSION OF A SELF

It might not be like you’ve imagined before. You’ve probably put it in the same clichéd basket you normally put the rest of the spiritual crap, or maybe you think instead this kind of thing is meant to be saved for the moments right before you leave this world. Either way, what I saw was…

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SET ME FREE

They all want me except you. Why can’t you look at me like they do? They all say my kisses are the best. How could you resist them with my body pressed against your chest? You said you missed me and kissed me on the forehead, But you didn’t want to have me in your…

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AS IF MY EXISTENCE DIDN’T HAPPEN

In Budapest, you can feel the pressure of a dictatorial, nationalist regime, who tries to alter the past to its own benefit. But there are activists who don’t give up on keeping alive the respect for the victims of the history of a country who seems to have forgotten its legacy. We stayed at a…

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WITHOUT FEAR THERE IS NO POWER

The Miljacka river, crossing the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, runs independently of what it witnesses. The low, blurred water, where hundreds of crows bathe, has seen the history of humanity take many turns on its shores. We woke up in Sarajevo. The basement turned improvised accommodation is located in the old part of town. We woke…

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TITUS MOLKENBUR

I watched Titus give a talk at the “Innovation Knows No Borders” conference at the Migration Hub, in Berlin, last September. With a spark in his eyes, he started by recalling how he and a group of young Europeans had decided to take it upon themselves to rescue refugees and migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean…

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THE SILENCE THAT FILLS MY DAYS

I was in the metro, (lost) in the silence of my thoughts, crossing that city so big that it makes me feel small and alone. In the silence, a lot about ourselves can be uncovered. We give space to dive deeper and let afloat of the calm waters what, out of shame, had been buried…

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PUNEH ALA’I

In 2013, Puneh Ala’i snuck inside of Syria, walking into a war zone with a backpack full of crayons and coloring books. She risked her own life to bring a bit of love and hope to those she felt were unseen, to show that someone cared. After that life-changing trip, she vowed to dedicate her…

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BERLIN IS A DRUG

Berlin is controversial. It’s big, messy and dirty. But it’s also full of life, art, and History. Berlin is bittersweet. It’s dark, but enlightening. It is haunted by the ghosts of the past, but lives reinless in the present. It’s creation, and it’s destruction. New constructions and bombed buildings. The skyscrapers in Potsdamer Platz and…

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WHY COLLEGE IS NOT A FAIR GAME

They say we are lost, but we will be found soon, and not thanks to the adults who treated me like a fool. We’re not playing a game of who’s faster at reaching some aim, which was imposed by people who supposed we only have one pain. The grades written in paper compare the youth…

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