Une chose trop oubliée

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Monday, June 30, 2008

Ça signifie "créer des liens..."

With a few exceptions, people seem to be always surprised that I wanted to come to Finland, and that I want to settle down here for a while. Brazilian people are surprised, as they usually think there is nothing worth anybody's time here, even though they don't commonly know anything about this country beyond "it's far, and it's cold". European people in general seem to be surprised too, most of them, or of those I met, want to spend their time somewhere else, where they think there is better weather, better sights, better landscapes. But most surprised of all are the Finnish people.
So people ask me all the time: why Finland? And then those who know it start listing its flaws, in comparison to other supposedly more agreeable countries: it is too cold, too dark, people are lonely, rude and seasonally depressed, and there is nothing really interesting enough to make up for that. I will never forget the Swedish girl I met in Rio who reacted to my preference for Finland with a "But it is common knowledge that Sweden is much better than Finland!".  Then I explain that yes, those flaws might be applicable and yes, maybe there is nothing really that amazing in this country, but for some reason I still love it, and the people all think that I am lying, or hiding something, that there has to be a deeper reason for that, and most unimaginatively assume that it must be some mysterious Finnish girl. Alright, now hear this:
I find it rather sad that so often people seem to forget what establishing links really means. Yeah, yeah, so Finland has all these flaws and some others, and I could say that the darkness and cold sound really interesting to me (though I haven't seen them yet) and that people are just people and that there are all kinds of them everywhere, but stressing that would be kind of missing the point, so I will just say something else instead: Loving something has absolutely nothing to do with how close to perfection it is - not with the amount or severity of flaws, not with the presence or absence of awesome qualities - it has to do with how much you understand it, or with how much effort
you are willing to put into understanding it, c'est le temps que tu as perdu pour ta rose. The reason I like Finland so much is that I chose to lean over it and try to see it from a different perspective, to see how good and bad points are coherently weaved into the same picture; that I chose to set it as the main goal for my other trip, and spend more time traveling around here than in all other countries; that I chose to drop my expectations before coming here, to accept it as it is and to allow it to creep in. It was all a matter of choice, really, and ultimately all these choices stem from the first one I made two years ago, when I coincidentally stumbled upon some weird Finnish music, thought "what a curious language!" and decided to learn it.
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ganesha_v
ganesha_v on

Oi.
Eu percebi sua paixão pela Finlândia depois que consegui ler todos os seus comments e ver o quanto ficou parado nesse país. :)
Enfim, aproveite esse tempo para ser feliz! 'C'est le temps que tu as perdu pour ta rose'. :) Mas não se esqueça dos outros que estão na luz... :)
Beijos
Vanessa
p.s.: eu ia pedir para você escrever num inglês mais fácil...rsrs... seu inglês costuma ser muito complicado e dá preguiça de ler, mas até que esse desse texto foi mais razoável que o 1°...está bom assim. Escreve em português tb, oras...pq o título é em português se o texto está em inglês? :P

rmusse
rmusse on

But once again, WHY FINLAND?
LOL I couldn't help it...

Henrique, I reckon your choices and decisions in life should make sense TO YOU the foremost. You are generous enough to lend us your lens to see the world and I'm grateful for that! I've been asked about why I'd moved back to Brazil, and my answer can't seem to please them anyway. So...

'Ive lived a life thats full.
Ive traveled each and evry highway;
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Regrets, Ive had a few;
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.

I planned each charted course;
Each careful step along the byway,
But more, much more than this,
I did it my way.'


Like Frankie did, DO IT YOUR WAY!!!

marja
marja on

Can check various opinions
When reading your entry I was going to comment that Finns have exactly the same opinion of other Europeans about their country. Well, now you know it, too. I'm just wondering if its their own opinion or if they just second the current main stream, or vice-versa! Maybe you can find that out, or even my son, Olavo, who's in Finland, at Sahalahti, just now ...

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