Mexico reminds me a lot of where I grew up. Home, I really miss home. It has been 3 years since I left Guatemala, and surely I miss it deeply. I knew it was going to be hard to leave Guatemala, yet, I never imagine missing the place would hurt me this much.
In the beginning of this month, I watched a film called Y Tu Mamá También . This film settles in Mexico, and tells the tale of two youngsters and a lady traveling on the road to get to a place called Boca del Cielo. I loved the film because some, well the majority ,of the scenes show the raw life of the country of Mexico, and each scene, for me, it felt familiar. The streets, the roads, the houses, I think I being in those places as some point, or perhaps, a similar place.
Poverty, this is what you would find a lot in countries such as Mexico, Central and South America. But you should see it, even though that there is poverty doesn’t mean that there is sadness and agony, there are people who enjoy life very much, and you would see it on Latinos and Latinas.
I am currently living in Korea, a rich, super developed country, yet people are sad and miserable, here. Every time I leave my house with a big smile and a positive attitude, the moment I blend in with the people, their misery is contagious. I become negative, and hopeless, and out of joy. People in here, I don’t know, for them life isn’t working, maybe is because of the media, they see succesful and famous people on tv or their phones, and they see the easy and peaceful life, which they wish to have. People are angry sometimes, they want to fight other people, I don’t know if it is to prove something, but I think they are angry because no one is listening. Here, people are too busy in their own world that there is no time to listen other people who feel the same way like everybody is feeling.
I want to enjoy every moment of my life, but I don’t know if I would ever be if I am trapped in a place like this. Maybe that’s why I am so fascinated by films like Y Tu Mamá También, and books like On the Road. Someday I want to go out there and find the right place for me, but of course, first I would have to go through an adventure.
Almost at the very end of this film, the incognita narrator says a quote by Luisa about the ocean, “La vida es como la espuma, por eso hay que darse como el mar“.
Our lives are too short, every memory, every past, now, and future, is disappearing in front of our very eyes. Life is there, and most of the time, we forget about that there is a life. Don’t waste it, the millions of trillions of bubbles are our memories, forming with the waves of the ocean, they come and they go but they never stay. So be the ocean, create a fully well lived life that you will enjoy and not regret for not having doing it. I’m still scare, yet, I hope some day I would be brave to accomplish my dreams.