Where do I belong?

Two countries, one person. I wonder, where do I belong? I was born in Peru. That is why I have a red passport. For the last 12 years I have been living in the U.S. and I recently became a U.S. citizen and received a blue passport. I have friends and family in both places, I am on top of what happens in the two countries, both have given me experiences that have shaped me into who I am, And yet, I feel conflicted. I have affection and gratitude to both of them, but I feel that at the same time, I am and I’m not part of them. I want to belong! When I visit Peru, family and friends sometimes tell me that “I think like a gringo” or that “here things do not work like that.” Restaurants serve me “vegetarian” food that it isn’t vegetarian, people make me wait for appointments and believe that it’s normal, and every time I feel more frustrated with the inefficiency and chaos of the systems in my former home (transportation, justice, health, etc.). These situations make me feel uncomfortable. I do not like it. I feel that my roots to the land where I grew up are being cut, thus I’m less connected. I am in and out at the same time. On the other hand, even when I’m in my apartment in NYC, I read the news every day from Peru because I care about it, I follow my soccer team and suffer alone in front of the TV, I constantly mention to people the wonders of Peru with a... read more

Dinacharya – Daily Routine

As part of my personal growth and evolution process I have been focused on implementing a daily routine practice, also called Dinacharya. This concept originates in Ayurvedic medicine and it’s based on the understanding that the synchronicity of humans and nature is vital to staying healthy.

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How to look back

A couple of weeks ago I went to visit my family who recently moved from NYC to Austin, TX. Coincidentally Austin is the first city in which I lived in the US, moving from Peru to Texas to get my MBA.

Austin was the beginning of my life in a new country. After my recent visit, I can’t help but look back and think about what happened in the last 10 years since I graduated from business school and left Austin.

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Taking a weight off your shoulders

A week ago I wrote you talking about the challenge of individuality versus community. It is an issue that has caused me an internal conflict for a long time. I kept it in my chest and had failed to put into words.

Now that I put it out there I feel more space inside, more honest with myself and more transparent in the relationship that I have with my individuality and my community.

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Individuality vs. Community

A few days ago was independence day in Peru, the country where I grew up and lived until I was 25 years old. Looking back and having been out of a traditional society like the one in Peru for 12 years, I’m familiar with the challenge of growing to be your own person, especially if you are living in a small community and a conservative society while respecting your traditions.

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