Who I Am

Let’s see, shall I start from my star sign? Because my star sign is Sagittarius, and it has very much to do with what I’m trying to do here.

Or shall I start from the very beginning, meaning when I was born?

Naaaaa, while I was writing the words I myself realized it would be too much. Even for someone as logorrhoeic as myself.

So let’s start from when I first left my little island in the middle of the Mediterranean to go to the United States for a whole school year. It was 1990 and I was 16, I was an exchange student in Vienna Virginia and that experience started defining me as the person that I am.

You might ask ‘so what kind of person are you, exactly?’ Fair question and I’m afraid I still don’t have an answer for you, yep, I am class ’74 and I still don’t have a clue of what I would like to do when I grow up. Well no, that’s not true, I know that I want to draw and travel for the rest of my life, yes, until I am very old and barely walking, I know I will rent a little electric wheelchair and me, myself and I will speed along motorways with it. And I will have my valiant backpack with me with my sketchbook and my pencils (and my medicines of course), and I will still be drawing this fascinating, brutal, and forever surprising world with my shaky wrinkled hands.

Oh I like that image, in fact I like it a lot! Yes, that image defines me, with a few poetic licenses, but yes, that would be me.

I am an introvert, at times I am afraid of my own shadows, some other times I close my eyes and I just jump and hope there is something soft at the bottom to catch me.

I love being alone but I hate being lonely, I find people mesmerizing but at the same time I could go on without seeing or talking to a soul for days (lockdown is not that dramatic for me, as you can imagine).

I cry when I watch a movie, when I listen to a song, when I break a nail and other stories. Crying has no secrets for me, we are best buddies and we understand each other.

If imagination and daydreaming was a job, I’d have won at least 2 Oscars by now. And it’s not always a good thing, but I try not to brag about it too much.

I am mutating, years go by and I earn superpowers, my current superpower in fact is procrastination, I’m studying for the black belt. Jokes aside, I really am in mutating, every day I become more and more the person that I truly am. Discovering myself in the past four years has been such a marvellous journey, it’s like getting to really know someone you have never met before!

Me in a nutshell.

One day I will become a cartoon too, so watch this space and follow me on my social channels.

(Manners, Manu!)

Please.

Manu