I was going to take a break from writing today, again, as it’s been the case for the last couple of months. Since I came back from Spain shit has just kept rolling and I don’t feel the blog as much as I used to. Nothing major, though. The important things in my life are happy, great, secure: my kids, my family and friends, my job. But sometimes life has a way of bringing you down with less important stuff that shouldn’t matter but somehow does. So maybe it weighs on me more than I want to admit. The thing is, I haven’t felt like writing lately, nothing seems worth putting down in words, and when it does, I am lazy to open the computer and type.
Then, out of the blue and through Twitter no less, I was directed to a post published this morning by fellow blogger Anne-Marie Chiramberro, the girl behind Hella Basque, a very interesting and fun page dedicated, in her own words, to “youthful musings on Basque American Culture”. I was shocked but pleasantly surprised when I noticed she took up some real estate in her blog to talk about A Basque in Boise. Somehow, my blog inspired and gave her the push she needed to start her own adventure. (She and I are going to have a talk about the title though, I was trying to keep that a secret.)
So, in the way of back and forth LinkedIn endorsements, I’m going to return the favor.
During the introduction, Anne-Marie says that she doesn’t think her writing is remarkable. Like her, I don’t think my writing is all that. Just words to describe a personal anecdote or give a heads up about the next Basque event somewhere. However, there must be something here that both of us are missing, because when I read her reasons for why dating Basque people suck, not only did I get the biggest chuckle, but I totally identified with them. And when I went down the list of signs that you grew up Basque in the US, I could hear my children talking. Just two examples when I wished I could write like her. There are many more where those came from.
I am elated that she wrote that post. Apart from caressing my ego -which is always welcome and something I definitely encourage- it made me realize, once again, that what I see within myself, what I think about my life, how I feel about a given situation, my successes, failures and screw-ups, it’s almost always completely different from the way other people experience and look at me. Words like the ones in Anne-Marie’s post help bring balance to the way I feel, thus making this Monday feel more like a Friday evening. And for that, I am so grateful to Hella Basque. I have no doubt that Anne-Marie is going places.
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