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The unbearable lightness of life

I hope you enjoy listening to this song while reading the post.

“What are you thinking about Tomas?” asks Tereza as she leans towards him in the driver’s seat, kissing him softly. He ponders before answering. “That I am so happy! ” So the canvas fades, and they face death. This scene is from “the unbearable lightness of Life.” A film based on Milan Kundera’s novel. I watched the movie a long time ago but never read the book. If someone asked me what the movie was about, I would say: 

“The beauty that goes hand in hand with drama. It lurks around every corner of life, in unforeseen events, political upheavals, and human encounters.” 

Why am I talking about this? That name came to me as the title for my post, and I thought, “Now wait a minute, isn’t that a movie?” A Google search answered yes! The film is from 1988 with Juliette Binoche as one of the main characters. The idea for this post came after my last post about love.

“How about dedicating a post to the lightness of life, surfing the surface, and not diving deep into the ocean of life and human existence as you often do, Parisa? See it as a kind of exercise, and find out if you can conjure up something readable that others will also enjoy.”

Then Todd Fulginiti shared his post, “No effort, No problem?”  “Can I write something joyous as that?” I thought after reading Todd’s post. If you haven’t read that, I strongly recommend it.

Light playfulness

“Remember lightness and playfulness!!!” I reminded myself, continued typing and hoped to draw out my playful side that I quickly jump into when meeting children. 

“Are you over a hundred years old?” one of the kids asked me one day. I laughed and thought that I should thank myself for that question. Every time kids asked about my age, I answered 550. My joke had come back to me like a boomerang.  “No, not that old, only 50.” I owed him a truthful answer. Speaking of age, precisely one year ago, I was in Peru on  A 3-month adventure which culminated in celebrating my 50th birthday on the top at Machu Picchu. I had my doubts and second thoughts during the planning stage.

“How can I realize getting there with my chosen lifestyle?” Somehow, all the practical pieces fell into place, and I landed in Peru on July 6. In Peru, I wanted to finish a writing project, spend my 50th day at Machu Picchu, hike in the Andes mountains, explore the magical historical land full of ancient mysteries and make blog posts.

I hope you enjoy this vibration while continue reading the post.

A year later, I recall my endless encounters with people and my steps in the Andes. I think of my elderly neighbour across the street. I wouldn’t have known he existed if he hadn’t spent all day on the pavement outside his simple home. And had I had enough Spanish, I would have bombarded him with questions, but the language barrier inspired other methods. It became the post of Don Julio.

A 180 degrees change of direction

Another theme that synchronicities often led me to was meeting people who had taken giant leaps of faith. They had a 180 degrees change of direction. People like Australian Stephanie, who was only dreaming and her state of mind, contributed to creating Imagina-Té in Cusco, Peru.

There was also the Bellota family, who enjoyed the first few weeks of the pandemic. As the lockdown dragged on, their joy was replaced with desperation. They had no income. They chose to move, and today they run Santuario de La Veronica (ecotourism) at the foot of the mountain Apu Veronica. I remember the taxi ride that confronted me with my prejudices: an Israeli and a gypsy in a taxi in Peru. That trip took me to Mancora in northern Peru, where I met people on a trek hoping for a better life because their home country, Venezuela, had been declared bankrupt.

So were all my steps taking me to the Andes mountains and the mysterious historical places of Peru. Did you know, for example, that the Incas had no written language, but they had quipu or khipu? A knot system that is still a mystery. That made me wonder: What do we know about ancient history? If this topic piques your curiosity, you should watch the Netflix series Ancient Apocalypse.

Being done reminiscing about that trip, I am on to my next one. “Will everything fall into place this time as well? Can I walk the 1000 km( 621 miles) from Seville to Santiago de Compostela at the beginning of September?” Before that, I’m heading to a two-week dance art project, so this will be my last post for a few weeks. And while wrapping up this post, I wonder, “Did I master lightness? “

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16 thoughts on “The unbearable lightness of life

    1. Thank you, Tamara. Let’s see if I realize the next one. Have a great week and summer.

  1. What happens if you don’t think about (your) life at all?
    I ask because now that I am old I realize that I did not think much, merely relying upon my instinctive reaction to immediate circumstances. Now, I did think about the lives with which I intersected, and right now that includes a 4 year old and a 6 year old on the spectrum, and a 16 year old in the midst of puberty revelations. My life is light as compared to almost anyone else i have met, but …

    1. Well, we are all on a different path, no? And I think if one is happy not thinking about life, why not?
      I use to work as a working consultant & coach in a company with unemployed people. I learned a lot there. And the biggest lesson was to see how differently we all deal with life.
      And I believe you when you write: «My life is light as compared to almost anyone else I have met,….» I truly believe that we all walk our unique paths with our individual approaches to life. I am HAPPY that your life is light. Thanks for sharing your lightness🙏

  2. Thank you very much🙏🍀I also hope that the practical planning part falls into place so I can do the walking meditation.☺️

  3. Ah, what grand adventures! Wishing you many lovely synchronicities and encounters as you walk The Way! I can’t wait to hear about the experience. Sending blessings!

    1. Thank you very much, Wynne. To travel is like being in a school, where geography, Politics, communication, culture and emotional intelligence etc are part of everyday learning, but one learns by experiencing😊

      1. I love your description of travel. And also how interesting that you posted this and then Milan Kundera passes. Not that I’m saying you had anything to do with his death… 🙂

      2. Ohh, I did not know that he passed away yesterday. Another random synchronicity, if that term exists?! How strange coincidence of timing! Thank you for letting me know.

  4. Wow! Your trips sound awesome! I’ve always wondered what it would be like to walk a great distance like the one you’re doing. I also love how you tell kids you’re 550. When I was a teacher and young kids would ask how old I was I would tell them 92 just to see if they would believe me. Sadly, they often did 😂 thanks for the shout out about my post- I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    1. Travelling is awesome, I agree! If I make it there to walk the 1000 km I Will for sure share some experiences.
      Lol, for kids age and time are some loose terms I guess, so when I was asked if I was over 100, I had a moment where I thought 😅but then I remembered where it all had started from. And for sure I enjoy your pen. It is deep and light at the same time. Inspiring style.
      Thanks for reading the post by the way.

  5. Beautiful reflections Parisa. Milan Kundera‘a books are wonderful but I have never seen the film you mentioned. I will look for it. Enjoy the Camino de Santiago. I did it once but from a shorter distance. Think about bringing different and comfortable shoes, it was very useful for me.

    1. Oh Thank you, 🙏🌺🍀Yes I highly recommend that movie. Which route did you walk by the way and how many kilometres were that route?
      I did walk the last 150 km with my son when he was nine years old. If I recall it right it was the French Camino, and we started at Obreiro. I share with you the post I made from it.


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