Day #51: 30 Days to 30 – My Favourite Memory
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Day #10: It may change in the coming decades, but my favourite memory from these almost 30 years of life is of a victory that was just mine. I was only fifteen and going through a lot with adolescence, sleeping long hours and all the drama involved with growing up. Writing has always been a big part of my life and as far as I can remember, I’ve always been writing some sort of poem or book. However, it was only after I came back from Europe that I really got into writing poetry and trying to translate into words what was happening in my head. It was actually Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People painting that inspired the whole thing.
It was 1997 and a women called Freedom who lead the French people into a new era really inspired me. Delacroix’s best known painting motivated me to write a poem on my way back home, which later I submitted to my high school’s poetry festival and anxiously waited to interpret it on stage. It was the first time that I was embodying something that I’ve written and I couldn’t be more excited. The poem got lost in time and, since I am living in Canada now, I have no idea of what words I used to talk about La Liberté. I remember the feeling of being on a stage defending my ideas. That day, when I had the spotlight on me for the first time, influenced most of my decisions later on.
My poem didn’t win that night, but I did take a trophy home and my parents took me out for dinner to celebrate. After that I started drama classes, wrote a collective play that was on at Planetário da Gávea for three months and followed my dream of making a living out of a passion. It all started with me staring at freedom and promising that I would be free from that day on…