E-mail to my sister 6.8.2004


Yes, Please call me when you get a chance.  It’s been a very long time since
we’ve spoken.  For some reason it took the post office a long time for your
present to get to me.  In fact, I’m waiting for it now at my apartment.  I
had your present sent to Mom and Dad’s house and you can pick it up when you
go home.

Life here is pretty stressful.  Sometimes the pressure of learning this
impossible language gets to me and I find myself continually looking up the
mountain and how far I still have to go instead of how far I’ve come.  It’s
pretty frustrating.  Also, I’m still teaching English and also looking for a
job.  I’m actually looking forward to trying my hand at some sort of
business job and am quite positive I’ll be successful.  There is nothing
like changing your surroundings and friends (as you well know) to give you a
refreshing perspective on life.  If we all stayed in the same place and
around the same people all of our lives, there is not much room to grow.  So
I’m very proud of you and your “getting out there,” so you can see firsthand
what others miss their entire lives.  Just try to keep reading, learning and
do not be afraid to let go of your currently held beliefs and opinions.  It
is quite true that we did not have the freedom to choose them and they were
fed to us by teachers, parents and those around us.  If you get a chance
please read the book I’m currently writing and have posted on my website in
the “academic” section.  It is full of my discoveries about life and I think
you may find it interesting.  I don’t share them with people back home so
often for it is something that they cannot comprehend or choose not to.  But
you are family so I’d like to invite you to take a look.

I’m a little disappointed that I will not be able to see you in Tahoe, but I
understand that the camp is something you need to do and we’ll have other
opportunities to meet.  I do hope I’ll find a job in Vietnam and I hope you
can visit me there someday.  I promise you it will be an amazing time and I
can provide you with an amazing experience by getting you directly into the
culture and show you the joys of it while bypassing the unknown fearful
aspects of it.  Vietnam is an amazing country but most cannot see past the
poverty.  I know you’ve been to Honduras and are a very versatile person so
I’m sure it would be no problem for you.

It was a very nice picture of you and dad and you look quite beautiful.  Give
me a call when you get a chance.

By Mateo de Colón

Global Citizen! こんにちは!僕の名前はマットです. Es decir soy Mateo. Aussi, je m'appelle Mathieu. Likes: Languages, Cultures, Computers, History, being Alive! \(^.^)/