Monday, August 30, 2010

Summer, summer, summer

Summer is here, actually it's almost gone, but there's a lot of things that are very special for me during this season, but the most important one is that me and boyfriend celebrated our first round year as a couple this August. It seems like this year went by so fast, so slow at times like when we're expecting mail from each other, or just the same as every day, but not in a bad way but meaning everyday has been full of magic and love. Some can think "HEY, all couples fight, there's no love in fighting!" And well, we have, but it has never been something big or anything like that. I dare to say this love grows and gets stronger with every passing day, and now I can say the same with this now passing second year.
I'm in love. Very much so. Love is the most amazing thing on earth and outside it too. There's weird love stories with extraterrestrial beings, but, most importantly, and something that happens in every culture and has happened through the whole existence of the mankind, there's stories, and love stories told by stars.
So another important day happening in August is Japanese Tanabata, a Summer festival, and it's date is so close to my romantic anniversary an it somehow resembles us both that we adopted this date as part of our yearly celebration of the beginning of our relationship. But, what is Tanabata anyway? Well, the answer is right here. I wrote this not long ago and now I want to share it with everyone, or at least with the 3 followers of my despicable almost empty blog.


During the summer time everyone is awaiting for hot days, fresh nights and clear skies. And of course we wouldn’t want it to be ruined by rain clouds. This is a major preoccupation on a very special day in August, and especially in Japan. Every year, on the 7th day of this month are held hundreds of small festivals all around this country. The ocassion is no other than the Tanabata Festival, the most anticipated celebration, not only by lovers, but also by lots of people awaiting to dust off their ‘yukata’, a traditional kind of kimono made of beautiful designs and light fabrics. The crowds gather in the late evening around lines of street vendors and games, to later finish the night with a fireworks show.

But there is a reason for this millenarian tradition, and it’s all about a legend that takes place before the stars set on the heavens, and was also inspired by the famous Chinese folklore, The Princess and the Cowherd. Orihime, the Weaving Princess, daughter of Tentei, King of the Skies and the Universe, used to weave beautiful clothes by the bank of the Amanogawa, the Heavenly River. King Tentei loved each and every cloth his daughter wove for him, so she spent all her days truly dedicated to weaving them. But Orihime’s father was really worried about her working so hard and having no time to find someone to fall in love with, so he arranged a meeting between her and Hikoboshi, the Cow Herder Star, who lived and worked at the other side of the Amanogawa. They fell in love at first sight and married shortly thereafter. But once the princess got married, she stopped weaving, and Hikoboshi wasn’t taking care of his herd, it was straying all over the Heavens. Tentei’s clothes started to wear out, and there weren’t any good cows anymore, so the King, in anger, separated these two lovers with the Amanogawa in between and forbade them to meet. They were really depressed and wouldn’t work, so Tentei, moved by his daughter’s tears, decided he’d let them meet once a year on the 7th day of the 7th month only if she worked hard and finished her weaving. However, the first time they tried to meet there was no bridge to cross the river, and Orihime cried so much that a magpie appeared and promissed to make a bridge with all its flock’s wings. But if it rained that day they wouldn’t be able to fly and be there.

Tanabata actually means “The Night of Sevens”, and it’s related to the Chinese festival QiXi. Japan and many Eastern cultures are ruled by the lunisolar calendar so, on the seventh day of the seventh month in the solar calendar takes place during August. Through the years it’s been set to be celebrated on August 7th, while in China it’s on July 7th, and there the tradition is to plead for skills or get wishes granted by writting them on strings of paper. This last tradition is part of Japanese Tanabata too, and is also accompanied by beautiful decorations made of paper to be admired by the star spirits. Among the chinese small towns it’s well known that girls have to hook a needle with red thread around midnight by the light of only two sticks of incense, this for being able to marry their true love.

Nowadays astronomy has studied and categorized those stars and celestial beings. Orihime is the star of name Vega, Hikoboshi is Altair, and Tentei, Deneb. These three stars conform the ‘Sumer Triangle’, being the brightest stars in the three constellations of Aquila, Cygnus, and Lyra, while the Amanogawa is none other than the Milky Way.

Making wishes upon stars isn’t new, but it’s clear that every year this celabration moves more than one, including those lovers who are truly separated by a river and like star gazing, japanese, chinese or any kind of tradition it may be.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


It's been a lot since I wrote something here. But don't worry, clearly I haven't died... yet. And I don't plan to do so anytime near, no. But things have been sooooo busy that I find it amazing that I'm still standing.
Before I forget about it, YES! I redesigned my blog, it's quite awesome like this now, I think it fits my mood and current situation. What is it? I guess love and stability, or at least some kind of calmness, even if it isn't for the whole time. Life has gone through a lot of redesigning as well, and I think it's still on that process.
I like this twist life has taken and how it's developing. There's lots of work, diversity on it, something that seems to be working out with the rest of my activities, and even having more social life. But it's all so tiring too! Kind of hard to keep up with everything, and I think I'm not getting enough sleep, but that's been a constant so maybe I shouldn't be so worried about it. It seems that I lost contact with a dear friend who helped me to get my actual job and triggered all this good stuff happening to me right now. I really don't know how I should feel about everything.
In the past I wrote about making decisions, sacrificing something here and there, forget about a dream for a little while... And I'm well aware of the consequences, gains and loses of that, I've had to make lots of decisions, but gee, some hurt so much. This confused brain of mine can't still figure out if this is the right path, if this was really meant to happen, if this is one of those tests and obstacles or all of the above. I just think I owe a lot to my friend, but maybe, just maybe, he's not seeing it the same way right now. I don't think I should forget about him, or put him aside for now... but maybe I have to. I'm only sure that I'm not sure about it.
Are bad things supposed to happen to get the good things too? Is it true that karma has to be equilibrated? Well, I don't even have enough time right now to think more about all this. And I still like so much my job and that it makes me tired like this... I should be crazy... Ok, I am, you already knew that.
Anyhow, the cherry on top is a sweet love, and just like this fruit, it's intense, sweet, alluring and energizing. Nice fuel to keep all this trip ongoing, right? I just hope it's enough for, let's say, a trip across at least two countries. I know it will, and at least I'm sure about something!
Redesigning is going to take a lot more of time, it seems, so I can get something close to my utmost desires. Or what do you think?

Friday, April 30, 2010

Decisions, decisions

So here I am, sitting not in front of my computer, totally bored, hungry, hot, and a little bit depressed.
Isn't it always a dilemma when you want to do something and in order to get it you must resign to what you really really want to do? I mean, we always have a major dream in our minds, it grows up with time, we take small steps to get to it during a fair amount of time, we may even, preferably, choose a professional career related to that dream, so we can get there kind of easier and faster. But then the oh, so cruel reality, shows us we may not be fit for that, or maybe it's just that we haven't fought enough yet.
But still there must be a way... how to start to get to it? It may be as simple as... forget about your dream.


Yes, but probably it's just a temporary course of action. It's so hard to get there... but the only way is the hard way, or at least for most of us. I wish we all could be born in a gifted craddle, have an easy life, get all the commodities we may need. But the truth is we just can't.
Aaah, why do we have to start getting the worst jobs ever? I know of someone who just pulls snow off the roads during the winter, by hand and plow, on his own feet sinking down the cold snow, getting freezing cold, but if he didn't do that he'd certainly starve, and it's not like that's exactly what happened to him during a short period. My sister says she didn't go to a prestiged University to start working serving coffee to the bosses and answering the phones, so... she doesn't work at all. But is that a really bad thing? I think that maybe putting your health in risk isn't just the best idea. And I also think that starving shouldn't happen. And what about the people picking up the trash?, or the ones who clasify it?, or many many other jobs someone has to do, and even if it looks like a bad job, it pays.
Dreams oftenly seem to be unreachable, some other times it looks like they're the best we can do, and so we should just walk to them without blinking. But then again, there must be some kind of sacrifice on the way.
Why is it always so difficult to see clearly what we want, and hence, so difficult to decide what to do to accomplish a life's dream? I don't know, for sure. I only know that right now I want to keep on trying, hard or not, to trip and learn so I can one day reach one of those goals I've set myself through my now not-so-short life.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Hello Internets Ppls

Hello there, this is my first post and I'm happy about it, though also a bit scared and worried about how often I'll be able to update this.

So, this is me, a chronical worrier, a seeker of happiness, a crazy mexican who doesn't really use her own language for posting. I don't care about that, more friends will be able to read my chunks of mind, and those who can't should already learn english! GO GO GO!

Why "Eternal Dichotomy"? Because I say so, and because that's how I always feel, like there's always opposite pros or cons to everything. To get out the best of life you have to know it's dark side too, always consider all the "good" and "bad" sides. They always live together, mixed up, sometimes a bit hidden, and always causing mind troubles. This could be a nice explanation of the Ying-yang too. 

So maybe you will like this, maybe you won't, maybe you'll laugh at me and my crazed writing and random brainstorming interrupted by passing by shiny things. Ah, who knows, maybe I can even make some awesome drawings and illustrate something sometime (I really doubt so, I'm not good at hand drawing).

:D Welcome to my world!