I still remember these words today. Not because they made me feel like the best (I thought it was overstated), but because in a way, they marked my path.
I was at Modushumanus, supposedly the best place in Portugal to do a psychotechnical test. At least, that’s what I remember my mother telling me. I was only fifteen, and all I knew was that I liked to play football and tennis. I wasn’t even in the habit of reading. So when people were asking me which field of study I was going to choose, I used to say “sciences”. But, to be honest, at the time I had no idea what I wanted to do. So I decided to follow what ‘science’ had suggested to me and go for Humanities.
It took me some time to realize that it was the right decision. Not because I already know what I want to be for the rest of my life (I really don’t feel I will be able or need to answer that) but because I already know what I want to do. So I ask you not to ask me what profession or position I aspire to have, let alone where I see myself in ten years. If I try to answer that I will probably give an incomplete or incorrect answer. Instead, I can tell you what I’ve been doing, and what I want to keep doing.
I want to listen, to read, to reflect, to understand and, if needed, to question. I want to help, to share, to be part of something in which I believe, with people by which I identify. I want to take risks and to dare, to create and co-create. And this, I think I have been (and will keep) doing it in the future.
I did it when I was an intern for Expresso, as a recruiter for Amnesty International or even as a volunteer for Equipa D’África. I did it when I wrote for blogs like Winept, Sports Gazette and BETup. I did it when I worked for INOV Contacto and when I launched my own journalism projects like Sports For All and Panorâmico. I did it even when I decided to go to a psychologist or take an enneagram personality course.
Of course, I couldn’t do it all the time, but when that happened, it helped me to be even more sure this is the way I want to live my life.
So I don’t know where I’m going to be tomorrow, not in five months or ten years. But one thing I do know for sure, I want to be doing this.
For now, I’m working as a freelancer. So If you think you need this in your team, don’t hesitate to contact me.