E.E.E. Volume 5

 I asked, "Why have I received only this?" A voice replied, " Only this will lead you to That."~ Rumi
E.E.E. Volume 5
By Elsie Escobar • Issue #5
 I asked, “Why have I received only this?”
A voice replied, “ Only this will lead you to That.”
~ Rumi
And I will leave you with that.

Reading.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
I’m haunted. Transported. Weirdly content. Lost. Inspired. Broken. By this book. Just into Chapter 2!
Very poignant. Especially now. Humans are incredible. History is powerful. Truth is timeless.
Listening.
Immigration and Xenophobia in History — ReConsider Media
Bumped into this piece while testing out the RadioPublic App.
Melancholy invaded me. I miss performing. I miss reading Shakespeare, and OMGosh the second reading he does in old English…I SO wish I could do that! It’s less than 10 min.
And well, the topic….synchronistic 
Remembering
Maria's Story
A bit of a story.
I’m originally from El Salvador. We came to this country in 1981 with 5 suitcases, one for each one of us. I was 9 years old.
I have no idea if we came here with a visa…or what, all I know is that we flew in, and stayed, illegally.
I was VERY sheltered. I was raised in the quintessential Catholic Latin American family culture. I was not much of a rebel and pretty much did what I was told.
I didn’t watch movies or T.V. that I wasn’t supposed to, nor anything else for that matter…well *only* occasionally.
I didn’t question any beliefs or opinions about anything, especially religion (duh) and politics (gah).
All I knew about El Salvador is that there were guerrillas and they were bad. The end.
When I was in my first year of college I went to see a documentary called Maria’s Story.
It shook me to my core.
It took me months to get over it.
I didn’t know.
I didn’t know.
I didn’t know.
I share it with you now because, well, the story of humanity is the same.
It repeats itself. The themes are constant. The politics are the same.
Politics have a way of removing you from the human story. 
And we are weaving the story we choose for our children. That influence, that story, will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
I wish I would have been told more.
I didn’t know there was another side.
I haven’t watched it since then. I was 19.
Finally.
And on that note 😜 It’s my BIRTHDAY ON MONDAY! 
I love my birthday, although I’m not too proud of the number I’m turning this year.
It’s the first year that I’m feeling really weird about sharing my age, and it has nothing to do with feeling ashamed of my age.
It seems like the answer to ‘how old are you?’ this year has somehow become blasphemous. 
I cannot wait until I am one year older ALREADY!
Hope you have the best week that you possibly can. I certainly will go all in, living as fully as I can.
Big love,
e
PS. I did an interview for Your Worst Interview Ever and he got me to talk about immigrant experience of all thing! So weird! I’ve never talked about this in a podcast before. And I was also featured on the Strong Body, Whole Heart podcast chatting about how my yoga practice has changed now that I’m *cough* middle-aged 😜
PPS. Jess and I met up and crafted what we’re doing for Podfusion. I so wish you’d be there! If you can swing it, we’d love it. 
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