Sea Turtles (3 min read)

In 2012, while I was spending some time in the UK, my family decided to adopt two sea turtles.

We had talked about if before I left, but it seemed to me like we only liked the idea of having some sort of pets in the house (my father is allergic to cats and my mother doesn’t like dogs) and nobody really wanted to be too involved in taking care of them. On my part, I have an irrational fear of all animals and I was certain I wouldn’t have the guts to do my part, other than feeding them, so I said I didn’t think it was a smart idea to get them.

So, since my family has always valued my inputs immensely, two days after I took off, they went ahead and got those two sea turtles they so desperately wanted. You can imagine my surprise when I came back and found out that two new creatures had joined the family.

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Writing Challenge: Day 2

Day 2 of 30: Write something that someone told you about yourself that you never forgot.

Some time ago, I was talking to a close friend of mine about 2016 and how strange the whole year has been. We ended up creating an expression, “effect 2016”, to describe something incredibly odd and improbable.

After that day, we kept creating new “effects” (for instance, the Agatha Christie effect, aka when you read/watch/eat something so good that your old standards won’t ever satisfy you again) and we even decided to create an effect for each other.

He told me that my effect would be something like: why would you ever choose to do just one thing when you could be doing ten all at once and losing sleep at the same time?

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Writing Challenge: Day 1

Day 1 of 30: List 10 things that make you really happy.

  1. Waking up a couple of minutes before the alarm feeling rested;
  2. Doing boring activities with interesting people;
  3. When I’m having some troubles figuring something out, the moment when everything clicks and I know exactly what to do;
  4. While watching a movie, being surprised by something I hadn’t seen coming;
  5. Making lists;
  6. Being able to share my point of view with someone I admire knowing that they’re listening to what I’m saying;
  7. Q&As;
  8. When people I don’t know that well call me by name while saying hi;
  9. Falling in love, before it hurts;
  10. Intellectual epiphanies.

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