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  • I was in a rush to catch the subway on 110 Street with a friend when my MetroCard didn't properly worked and my friend instead of waiting for me, he ended up leaving 5 seconds before I was able to pass the turnstile. There was a violinist on the station that after seeing the entire situation said: "I wouldn't do that to a friend." Probably he was right! and I was pissed at the begging, but then a sense of calm invaded my soul after the violinist gave me a kind smile and started playing one of my favorite melodies.

    Instead of taking the train, I decided to take a long walk towards home in Brooklyn. On my way I started thinking on Jonathan Harris' personal essay: "Navigating Stuckness." This essay starts with an image of Jonathan sitting on the granite slab next to the water fountain at Lincoln Center. Not surprisingly, my first destiny was Lincoln Center where I also visited the same spot and started thinking about my past. While I was wandering around, I got a call from an old friend from Colombia.

    I moved to the US about 10 years ago. When I was in Colombia I used to work for the President of the Country. Back then I used to be in love with politics. I shared a dream with a bunch of friends about making the country a better place than the one that we found. Fast forward, most of those friends became important politicians, and some of them now represent the negative values that we used to fight against. It was disappointing for me to heard how corrupted some of those friends have became. It was also hard to heard their ridiculous obsession with power.

    After my phone conversation I decided to continue walking towards downtown. Lots of memories crossed my mind. Many flashbacks from the old days while also thinking that evil exists and started questioning myself about what's my role as a human. I was scared, terrified, and somehow disheartened. Few minutes later I decided to focus my attention on gratitude and positive memories. I realized how lucky I am, and reminded the importance of my life path. Then a quote by the good Bob Marley came to my head. He used to said:

    "The people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I? Light up the darkness!."

    Minutes later I received a text from a friend reminding me about her birthday party. It was in the Lower East side so I decided to take the train. While waiting on the train I saw Jonathan Harris in front of me. I couldn't believe it! I wish I had time to tell him what just happened that day and how his essay have inspired me to produce awesome work. It was definitely a great coincidence that make me realized once again that sometimes life sends you signals to remind yourself who you are. As my good friend Aurelie says: “Sometimes life gives you beautiful presents and if you catch them, you’ll became the luckiest person on earth.” Being here is a beautiful present!

    My friend's birthday was fun and ended up getting home very late (:
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