Monday, September 29, 2014

Who am i? - Who are you? - Who are we? - Fundamental questions of life.

         
                        
        My name is Alexander Cirstea. My family, friends and close ones call me Alex. I would like to think of you, as a friend of mine, so please feel free, to call me by my first name, as 
well.
       
       The first thought, that came into my mind, was to write with the help of my native language, but my goal, for the long term, is to reach as many people as possible, from all of the different countries our dear planet Earth holds so dear, and since romanian isn't an internationally known language just yet, i had to go with english.
       
     In case you're wondering who's the mysterious person behind these words, i have to disappoint you. A mystery is a mystery, but if you hang in there, and keep reading, you might just find out something you never knew.
      
       For that to happen, i will have to take you back to the day of my birth, the summer of 1992, on july the 9th.
       
      It was thursday, under the sign of Cancer. The word wide web was at its inception phase. The long Cold War between Russia and America had been over for a year now. The communist party from my country had been gone for almost three years.

      Some of the greatest movies, that were ever made, hit the big screen on that year.
 I strongly recommend, if you haven't seen these movies yet, to take time and do it.

       Here i will bring up only a few that made an impression on myself :
Scent of a woman, Batman Returns, Basic Instinct, The Last Of The Mohicans, 3 Ninjas, Chaplin, Of Mice and Men, White Men Can't Jump, A Few Good Men, Home Alone : Lost in New York.

       I can only guess,as a baby, i was eager to come into this world, because i didn't wait  for my 9 months milestone to arrive. On the third week of my eight month, of being in my mother's womb, i decided it was enough.

       I was a big baby, from what my parents tell me, with a modest weight of 4.2 kgs (9.2 lbs) at birth. Seems like i had a big appetite even before i was brought into the world.

       Being born shortly after the fall of the communist party, there weren't that many recording options available at that time for my parents unfortunately. Nowadays we have cellphones with cameras, stand alone professional cameras, basically all the means necessary to record the birth of our children.

       Even though more than one hundred and sixteen years had passed since the worlds first photograph was realised in 1826 France by Nicephore Niepce, my parents didn't have the luck to get such a device at the time. 

       If a golden fish granted me three magical wishes, one of them would most definitely be to go back for 3 seconds at the time and place of my birth, and photograph both my parents holding me in their arms.

       Out of all the photographs i could possibly take, that one i would cherish the most. Luckily, i was born with an abundant source of imagination, and i can see the moment crystal clear in my mind.

       I was the second child my parents had, I have a sister named Mary. She's five years older than me. She recently got married and is happily living with her husband in Germany. Congratulations sis'! I hope they make me an nephew or a niece, as soon as possible.

      When i was little, i used to be jealous on my sister, because she was bigger than me. Becoming an adult was one of my biggest wishes i had during my childhood.

      I remember, one night, i was in my bed looking at my arms and legs and wishing they would grow faster. Little did i know then, that time really flies when you're not looking and that i would grow up sooner than i ever thought.

      A famous Roman poet, Virgilius, once said : "Fugit irreparabile tempus". If i were to translate it, the english version would probably sound like: "Time inevitably runs".

       22 years have passed since the year of my birth, i now have a beautifull girlfriend, a unbelievable passion for life, i'm on the verge of launching my first book : "Past, Present, Future : Think Ahead", the future is reallly starting to look clear.  A few years from now, i will most likely be married to the love of my life, as my parents did before me, as their parents did before them, and so on, and i will give my share to the wonderfull cycle that's called life.

       I launched a question within the title of my article : "Who am I?". I'm afraid the answer is not as easy as the question. Sure, i could write down dozens of pages and tell you what i love, what i like, what i look for in life but that will give you just a small insight on who i am.

       My belief is, this is one of the most important questions, out of the many, that we've been sent here, to find the answer to. Once we find the answer to it,in my humble opinion, all of life's troubles are solved, because life is easy, when you know who you are, and what you want to get out of it.

       I sincerely hope you work hard, and find out who you are, and never give up this sacred quest, you've been given. So...who are you?