2018: A Renaissance Soul

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Translation: Life is a stroll…Death is a race. Havana, Cuba 2017 Photo: Maya Perez

As I sit here reflecting on the New Year, I’m thinking about 2017; and the things I’d like to see more of in 2018. While doing a meditation challenge, it asked me to focus more on what I want, instead of what I don’t want. Therefore, I have to identify what I really want. I tend to be one of those persons who gets bored easily and moves jobs a lot. Recently, I’ve been reading a book called the Renaissance Soul by Margaret Loberstine. Lobenstine gives a self-quiz to help you identify what is most important to you. For example, if you say that family is important to you; yet, you’re never home, then it is safe to say that you might want to reexamine how important family really is to you. She also gives an exercise where you write what people (a family member, friend, co-worker, and associate) would say about you if they had to write you a recommendation. This will help you realize the person that you want to be.

Meditating Goddess

Original artwork by Maya R Perez

After completing these exercises, I had to reexamine myself.  Looking back at my life, I realize that I have visited 17 different countries. This let me know that traveling is important to me–even though I already knew that. Also, I’ve been selling my art part-time for a couple of years now; which means that creating/selling art is something I hold in high regard. Recently, I re-read a journal entry where I had written that writing was important to me. Indeed, I’ve always kept a journal since I was 8 years old and got one at the book fair. However, I haven’t written anything more that a few short poems over the past couple of years. For my reflections, I must question whether writing is truly important to me. Indeed, I know at a time it was the reason I majored in English. Maya Angelou is my namesake and has always played an important role in my life. Not only did her words inspire me, so did her life! And according to Margaret Lobenstine, she was also a renaissance soul which can be defined as a person who likes to pursue a variety of hobbies and interests. Of course, being a renaissance soul is difficult when it comes to settling down with ONE j-o-b.

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“Let’s go on an adventure!” Photo by Maya Perez Havana, Cuba

So I know I have a passion for traveling, art, culture, and the human race. I’m constantly trying to inspire, create, and motivate. Perhaps all of these passions could come together in a way that I can use my travels as a way to find inspiration. It’s funny, because I’m the type who prefers to travel alone so that I can have time to converse with the natives and get a deeper feeling of what it means to live in whatever country I visit. Also, I take lots of pictures–and I’m not talking about selfies. It seems like my perfect job would be as a photojournalist for National Geographic!

In the end, I hope that this article inspires you to find your passion or passions and start focusing more on the person you want to be for the new year!

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