On Cecilia and the decision to challenge fate

Posted by Nat.

Most of us are born in a family and a society that has very clear ideas about what our future should entail—what we should think, do, feel, and be every minute of our lives.

Those expectations become the compass that guides us through life.

Changing the course to find our own is a move that creates an uncomfortable feeling. Is it safe to do something different? Am I crazy? What are they going to say? What if I fail? What if they reject me?

This is the dilemma that inspired the story of Cecilia the Peruvian llama.

She was born into the family tradition of growing wool for souvenirs, but took a step back and asked herself: is this the future I truly want for me? What do I want? Am I prepared to pay the price it may entail?

She doesn’t just stomp out. She actually weights her options and realizes that she will be unhappier staying and becoming a life-long wool provider, than embracing her passion: singing—even if that means she has to leave everything she loves behind.

As in many of our stories, Cecilia’s decision originates a move towards the US, where opportunities are more abundant than in countries with smaller economies.

But it’s about more than just having access to a wider range of options.

It’s about distance.
Distance gives you perspective. Distance gives you space. So we can find our true self, free of expectations, free of promises.

As most of us have experienced here.