"The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don't wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope." — Barack Obama
Curious cats constantly want to know ‘why Spain, when you could’ve moved to the States?’ Then they stare at me, looking for a revelation. They think I must have left because my human mom couldn’t find a job. Maybe I have kitties back home I need to send money to. Perhaps Puerto Rican kitties do need a green card to live and work in the States. Because, seriously, why else would any kitty choose to move to this country, in the midst of this depressing financial debacle, when there are so many opportunities west of the Atlantic.
Lately I just stare back. What can I say? I didn’t move to the States simply because I can. Being a Puerto Rican kitty means I’ve got latin roots, yes, but it also means I’m a legit American. So moving there poses less of a challenge. It’s something I can do at any point in time in my life.
I was actually excited when my human mom told me we were moving to Spain. Finally, an adventure!!! I’d never been to Madrid, but now that I’m here, I have to say I love it. When she first let me out of my carrier and into our new flat, I just knew we were meant to be here. We were home.
‘Yeah, but why Spain?’, you might say. You’d have to ask her. But I’ve listened to her often enough that I feel comfortable I can give you an idea. I guess she needed a thrill… Something different and new. But more than that, she fell in love with Spain when she first met it back in 2010. It was love at first sight, and the minute she saw it she knew she needed to throw herself into its arms.
Two and a half years after we moved, I think it’s time for me to help her remember what made her come here in the first place. She came here to find a voice; to nourish her mind, body and spirit. She came here to write, to find inspiration, to live, to fall in love. With the city, with Spain, with life, with herself. Yes, the financial forecast is looking quite grim. Sure, living in a foreign (and very different) country can often be… shocking. Yet, her boldness opened a world of opportunity for us, and the chance to live a life most kitties can only dream of.
So this is my plan: I’ve challenged her to go out, live a little, and tell me so I can write all about it. Her assignment is simple. Every month she has to find one lesson she can learn from each one of the following: her job, one person/business/country that’s making it in spite of the financial crisis, relationships and a first (something she has never done before).
The idea is for her to find her way again. And if she can do it by losing herself in the city (or the country!) even better. Me? I want to write about it, so I can live vicariously through her. But also, maybe that way she’ll be jealous of all the time I get to spend writing and that will get her to write again.
In the meantime, it’s time for today’s one billionth nap. After all, I need all the energy I can get if I’m going to do all this writing. But already I can’t wait for this week’s new lesson. Let’s see what life will throw at her this week and how she responds to it.
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