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WILD HORSES CAN’T BE TAMED

Of all that is past, you were the only fragment of time that deleted me from history. Deleting a message I didn’t like doesn’t mean I forgot I read it, and it doesn’t make me believe it hurts less, either. But I respect it, like I try to respect everything I don’t understand. I grew…

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IT’S BETTER TO FEEL PAIN THAN NOTHING AT ALL

“What’s your controversial theory?”   “It’s better to fail pain than nothing at all.” I remember hearing a singer I like saying this. I remember not getting what he meant, but the melody sounded nice and, for that reason only, I kept the headphones on and sang along to the rhymes on my way home….

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FALLING IN LOVE IS INEVITABLE

“WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IS TRUE BUT MOST PEOPLE DON’T AGREE WITH?” I don’t have a clue! I believe it is because of my persistent thinking, which doesn’t quit reminding me that there are few things I can think of that are unique. Each idea I ever had, each theory I ever came up with,…

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FEAR IS FUN

“WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IS TRUE BUT MOST PEOPLE DON’T AGREE?” When asked about something I believe in that not many people would be so eager to agree on, it’s quite easy for me to come up with all kinds of rebellious statements that would shock, or otherwise amuse, like-minded readers. However, bringing something that…

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THE WHOLE OF THE MOON

“To be great, be whole: nothing Of yourself exaggerate or exclude. Be all in all things. Put all you are Into the least you do. So, in every lake the whole moon Shines and, soaring, lives.” Ricardo Reis This poem, in its original version, was glued to my desk on my 6th or 7th grade…

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WIND ON MY FACE

This post was originally published in Portuguese on Expedição B. on the 23rd of January 2017 I’ve always had a lot of headaches, since I was a kid. Later came the migraines with everything else that comes with it. At the age of 17, during national exams season of my 2nd year of high school, the characteristics…

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HOW MUCH DO YOU HATE YOUR ANXIETY?

How much do you hate your anxiety? How much, when it’s so heavy that it makes your shoulders tense up? How much, when you don’t feel safe in your own body, or at peace in your own mind? How much, when it makes your throat tighten up and your morale crumble down? When your legs…

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WHAT IF THERE WERE NO POETS BEING BORN?

This post was originally published in Portuguese on Expedição B. on the 22nd of December 2016 Today I met a 60-something lady who never fell in love. She’s married, has kids, and is one of those people full of light, that hug you just by looking at you. When she was a teenager, her parents arranged her…

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LIFE & I

We have always gotten along well. We never fought over toys, I never screamed at Her because I was hungry, I never cried on Her shoulder because I scratched my knee, and never have I asked Her to be marked with a full stop, as I have always been a woman of commas. And there…

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IN PEACE

It’s true, life is complex and always bigger than most of us can scratch to understand. And if Puberty asks us to close ourselves and ask relentlessly “Why? Why is everything so hard?”, then comes the self-proclaimed Maturity, asking for the poor age to calm down, and says –  “Well, my friend, enough fooling around, you…

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LIVING BEING

A living being is complex. It requires molecules, atoms, particles, and an invisible immensity of lines and in-between lines, which pass unnoticed to the naked eye. Functioning doesn’t require ingenuity, until there’s a short circuit. Turning the winch doesn’t harden the muscle, until it makes it hurt. Breathing is easy, until it isn’t. The disease…

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ALONE AT SEA

This article was originally published on The Inertia on May 29th 2015 It was early in the morning when I first got to the beach. A heavy mist hung over the ocean, and you could hardly see the set waves break out the back–it all seemed so far away. Through the mist, you could make…

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ON THE VIRTUES OF FIGHTING

Imagine, just for a second, what would happen if life, as you’ve been living it up to this point, completely stopped in its tracks. I don’t mean it in the sense that you’ve hit a dead-end or that you need to take a moment to catch your breath. The road’s still quite visibly in front…

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PAKISTAN & CLIPPED WINGS

This post was originally published on Buzzfeed on January, 19th, 2016 -For Saida and Naila – Pakistan has produced some renowned female figures over its relatively short history. Malala Yousafzai and Fatima Jinnah being just a couple amongst many notable examples. But perhaps their success is all the more noted because it was achieved despite great…

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LET’S GET NAKED

Most Wall Street banks have some form of a leadership insight forum whereby a group of first-year analysts is invited to join one of the firm’s famed directors for an intimate hour-long Q&A. In my experience, the eager analysts ask perfunctory questions pertaining to the market outlook, insight into the firm and relatively conservative questions…

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HOW TO ACCELERATE YOUR GROWTH

Since I’m a young kid, I’ve always wanted to improve myself. How don’t you want to be better every single day? Tony Robbins says that happiness comes from progress. The only feeling worse than waking up without a challenge, is to look backward and realize that you’re not better than you were a year, a month,…

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THE COLLATERAL BEAUTY OF YOUTH

I just came back from an amazing trip with two of the most important people in my life. We lived. Relentlessly. Vividly. The only thing my mother asked was for me to get some sleep during this time off. And that was the only thing I did not do. We poured Tequila in more than…

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ALEA JACTA EST 

Before the Roman Empire, still in the Roman Republic, the governors of Roman provinces were appointed pro magistrates with imperium –, the right to command in their province. The Roman law specified that only the elected magistrates could hold imperium within Italy. Any pro magistrate who entered Italy at the head of his troops forfeited his imperium, and was therefore no…

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REMEMBERING BOSNIA

Originally published on www.srebrenica.org.uk on the 7th May 2015 Sarajevo’s main street has the staples of an example of coexistence and harmony. A mosque, a church, and a synagogue lie within 60 meters of each other on the main street in Sarajevo. In fact, upon the advent of the Second World War, the heads of the…

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