For a while now i’ve been only posting in Romanian, for I was mostly discussing things pertaining to Romania – related to politics. And, in most cases, they weren’t about the virtues of the political class, or of the country in general. A quick review: there’s a presidential election coming up next week, and it made me realize this country has two major shortages: inspirational leaders and national identity. But the purpose of this particular topic is not to discuss these things.
Instead, I want to write about the reasons I love this country. And I needed to get out into the mountains to remember them. Yesterday, I went to a fantastic place in the mountains, and loved every single second of it. I went to a place I’ve never been to before, but I had seen some great pictures from a friend who’s recently been there. It was fantastic! I understood again why Romania is a great place. Because there’s so much natural beauty, so pristine and, in many cases, really untouched. That’s what makes it special. It recharged my mental batteries and helped me zoom out and get back to the fundamentals.
It’s so easy to get lost in the details. That’s why it’s so crucial to take the time to escape, at least every once in a while, from your everyday life. I recommend it. It’s a sanity check. You’re up there, it’s silent, it’s beautiful, it’s peaceful. It’s nature, with its beasts, birds, springs, frozen grass, barren valleys, tree covered tops, proud,tall cliffs and deep caves. It’s nature and you. And suddenly, in this fantastic environment, you find yourself. It’s you. And nothing else matters.
When I was driving back, a friend of mine called me to talk about the first presidential debate that happened yesterday. She was positive I had watched it and we would talk about it. But, for the first time, at that point, I did not care about it. it was irrelevant. At that point, my passion was directed towards the beauty of the world around me. And it felt good.
Now I’m back. And I again care about politics. I again will be passionate about the issues this country needs to deal with. I again will be upset about the lack of inspirational leaders and national identity. But I face these emotions knowing that, as long as places like Detunata exist, people will go there, get inspired, and want to change the world. And I’ll be smiling