Writing in the Bar Convent’s library

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This afternoon I had the wonderful opportunity of working at my Writing Genres portfolio in the Bar Convent’s library. There is something very special in writing in the library of a very old building, surrounded by dusty old books and decades and decades of history. Probably because I am working on historical material for my portfolio, I was very aware of the environment while I was writing, and it was deeply inspirational. I wrote around 500 words and then I just reflected on why I decided to engage with historical material, and war history in particular. I realised that what sparked my interest in the material was the fact that the historical facts I was researching were absent from history books.
The experience of writing about something forgotten to bring it back to life is great. But having the opportunity to write about it while sat in a library/archive that celebrates memory is even better.

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Roots / Radici

Roots / Radici

Roots
via Daily Prompt: Roots

An folk song from Southern Italy, roughly translated, says: “if you never forget about your roots, you will respects the roots of faraway countries”.

I have been often accused of being a nationalist because I like to emphasize how important my roots are to me. I believe the words of the folk song above explain why I believe roots are important and why I am proud of my background. Only if we know who we are and where we come from we can truly become citizens of the world, we can learn to love and respect difference as one of the most exciting features that our Universe has to offer.

My Sardinians roots are a fundamental part of who I am but also what makes me look at the world around with interest, empathy and respect.

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Run Free.

“I love running – it is something you can do by yourself and under your own power. You can go in any direction, fast or slow as you want, fighting the wind if you feel like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs” (Jesse Owens).

Running is such a wonderful sport. Since I have started running regularly I have more energy and I feel younger.  Whenever I go out, for an easy run or for an harder training, I feel challenged and alive. I learned to keep going, even when it’s hard, when it hurts, when I don’t want to. I look past it. That’s what it added to my personality: stubbornness, endurance, determination, call it what you want.

Running brings me close to nature and to myself: I listen to my breathing, it is a time to be alone, to enjoy the views and forget about the problems of the day.  Every season, sometimes every day, has a different smell. Another aspect of running which I love is what it does for my health, especially my heart and cardiovascular system; the way it helps me concentrate better and to improve my memory,  to get rid of headaches and also to improve my skin tone. Being in good physical shape makes me feel better about myself and brings more confidence. Running is a good way for getting rid of stress because it literally runs off the bad hormones. Sweat cleanses me from the outside, it reaches places that a shower could never reach.

It doesn’t matter how fast or how far I go, when I run I’m a runner. It’s an inclusive sport: it doesn’t matter if it is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years; there is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get: I just run. Some people don’t see any sport in it, they argue that running lacks rough conflict. Yet the conflict is there, you against yourself, the cruelest of all opponents. To me is more raw and challenging than any man versus man competition.  When I run my adversary lies deep within me, in my ability, with brain and heart, to control and master myself and my emotions.

I love to run and since I have started training hard enough to really feel it, I discovered that running is all about freedom.