domingo, 5 de abril de 2020

Carlos Sentís lecture to Francisco de Vitoria University Students January 2020

“I feel so happy after hearing your words that I want to cry”, “Thank you for inspiring me. It moved me so much and gave me so much hope for the future”. Absolutely moved by some of the beautiful things students at Universidad Francisco de Vitoria told me after my lectures last week.
So grateful for the time I had with them, and for all the incredible opportunities I get to talk with people from so many different cultures, nationalities, ages and professional backgrounds.
This time we talked about self awareness, mental health, skill development, empathy and long term oriented goals to make sure that every day, slowly but surely, we get closer to become who we aspire to be. We are all so different and unique that we need to do all we can to know what is important for us, what we need, what we want, what we like and what we fear to be able to design a tailored life that suits us. We need to create our own game instead of living under rules set by others that we don't even agree with, constantly struggling to achieve someone else's dreams.
We are not born with the same opportunities, but we do have the opportunity of doing what we can to improve our conditions and the situation for others. So please, let us not punish ourselves for things that we couldn't decide, let us not take for granted all the good things we have in life, and let us focus on assuming the responsibility of doing our best to go from where we are at to where we believe we should go. Let us do our best to be good human beings, to generate more good and more value, let us take care of ourselves and the others, fight injustice and avoid violence.
Every crisis is an opportunity to rise and every step forward is the sign of hope we need to become better. We cannot define where we come from, but we are responsible for our thoughts, our words and our actions. Let us use whatever we are and whatever we have now to create a better future. Let us build something great together. We shall be strong to deal with suffering and tragedies and appreciate every moment. Let us live as if it was the last time. Because it may be.

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