Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lo que nadie vio

WEEK 5

"Lo que nadie vio" por Bethliza Cintron


Bethliza Cintron is a Christian Latino singer who debuted in 2006. Extensive information on Cintron is hard to find as she was not a mainstream artist. She currently is not actively producing new music but we can still enjoy the songs she has previously recorded. And with the deliberate speed of this song (and the written letras-lyrics), a beginner Spanish speaker would be able to understand this song.

What no one saw ~Lo que nadie vio. This is typically something that God sees in us that no one else can see. Maybe it is the longing for a Savior or the earnest desire to know Him more. Regardless, God never gives up on us.

Thank goodness He doesn't!

We are at times, as humans, quick to give up on ourselves or the people who disappoint us. What is the point? What reason do I have to go on?

But then there are certain times where we have to ask ourselves: "Should I try harder or simply just walk way?" when the person or object does not merit our time and energy.

I could have easily answered each of these questions negatively in the last 8 months. My post-graduation job search took much, much longer than I expected. Even when I found a job (an internship), it wasn't what I expected I'd find at all. I mean this in a good way, though. :)
Now, almost two months after I found that job, I discovered another opportunity that puts those newly acquired skills to work! It's amazing where one open door can lead you. None of this could not have been possible without God and the continual prayers of my family and close friends - and you, too, if you are reading this. :)

I won't deny that there were not days when I worried about my future plans and if my life was ever going to improve. Some days were tougher than others, but I still held on and fought the good fight. Knowing it was not in vain. And it paid off - hopefully big time, if I keep working hard to glorify God in all I do and say. I am by no means perfect and will never claim to be. I just trust that, in the end, I know that it will be worth it!

I leave you with the verse mentioned at the end of the video (Psalm 40:4):

"Bienaventurado es el hombre que puso en Jehova su confianza."

- Salmo 40:4






Sunday, July 29, 2012

Te prefiero a ti

WEEK 4

I am almost a week behind with my musical journey posts so I'm just going to post the video for this song. Please let me know what you have thought of these songs - and if you speak Spanish and enjoy these types of artists and styles too. :)

Te prefiero a ti - Rio Roma



When I was a freshman in college, almost 5 years ago, I used to have days where I was burned out with Spanish. In the spring of 2008 I took two upper level Spanish classes at once and it was almost too much for my 19 year old self to handle. I would get a combination of writer's block and a headache from writing or journaling or listening to music in Spanish too much. Sometimes I would even get to the point where having too much exposure to the language made me physically ill inside. Now, looking back, though, I think it was part of the necessary refining process that everyone has to go through when learning a second or even third language.

This all changed though when I lived and studied in Spain. I had dreamed of going to Spain ever since I was 16. When I finally got to live out that dream and eat, drink and sleep Spanish on a daily basis, the "burnout" phase disappeared. Today, listening to music in Spanish relaxes me and honestly, it's something I can't go a day without. :)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Más de 1000 años



This music video is very sweet. Even if you don't speak Spanish, I think you will understand the main point by just watching it. Enjoy the story, piano accompaniment and beauty of the language. I spent last Friday with a dear friend and we went to a Chinese and sushi buffet for lunch. After we finished eating, we both opened our fortunes and looked at the zodiac map. I usually just glance at the zodiacs (they mean nothing to me) and read the ones that relate to my family but there was something about mine that never stood out to me until a few days ago. It's still shocking that I never caught those three small, yet important words. I'm a Dragon and its traits are as follows:
"You are eccentric and your life complex. You have a very passionate nature and abundant health. Marry a Monkey or Rat late in life. Avoid the Dog.

Late in life. I have plenty of friends and classmates born in the same year I was who married early. Things like horoscopes and zodiacs are not to be trusted but it's funny when they come true sometimes. As you see in the video, the man and his wife met when they were just little kids. It's crazy but I never dreamed of meeting my future husband while I was a little girl. The allure of meeting someone after college was much more attractive to me. I can't explain it. I am out of college and will be heading to grad school soon so I suppose my wish will come true. I often wonder how much time is enough to be with someone. The title of this song, Más de 1000 (mil) años, (More than 1000 years), implies that love should last forever. Anything shorter than 1000 years is too short. It's an exaggeration, of course, but wouldn't it be nice? I don't think the amount of time matters, it's about how much life you put into your years together. And ultimately God decides how long a couple will be together.

Though I have not met "the one" yet, it's okay. I have always been an adventurous, free spirit; content to live my life as freely and passionately as possible until I meet him.  I am thankful for the time God has allowed me to have time to grow into the young woman He knew I would become. Being able to go away to college, grow in my faith, study abroad, travel, deepen my love for languages and influence those around me have been invaluable experiences for me. I have a couple friends who have known me ever since I was a child and we are still friends today and for me, that's enough. I do think it would be neat if the little girl version of me could have interacted with my current friends as kids, though. Alas, our paths were not meant to cross then but later, as young adults. Maybe in heaven age won't matter and we can morph into children again and play. Eh, one can dream. Whenever you meet (or met) the one God has for you - whether you meet them at age 6 or age 36, have 2 or 50+ years with them, make the most of the time you have. I know I will.
Llevo tu amor por más de 1000 años Y auque pase el tiempo más te voy queriendo Llevo tu amor por más de 1000 años Como niños otra vez Como la primera vez Que en los labios te besé y me enamoré
Han pasado meses Miles de segundos vamos renaciendo y tus caricias son mi rumbo Y en vidas pasadas Cuando te buscaba Justo en el momento despertabas en mi almohada

Aleks Syntek is just a stage name. His real name is quite long: Raúl Alejandro Escajadillo Peña. Aleks Syntek (sin teclados, without keyboards), was given to him by a friend when he borrowed a keyboard. The name stuck and Aleks has been performing ever since 1984. Hopefully he will continue to compose and perform beautiful music for many more years to come.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Peligro

Week 2

Peligro by Reik

"Peligro y otra vez
corro por la línea de fuego
me besas y caigo en tu juego
Peligro de caer
en tu voz estoy perdido
no escucho a mi sexto sentido."

[Danger again
I run along the line of fire
you kiss me and I fall into your game
Danger of falling for your voice
I'm lost, I'm not listening to my sixth sense]

If you're reading this and don't speak Spanish, I'm sure you appreciated the translation to the chorus of this song. Doesn't the (rough) English translation strip the song of its beauty, though?

Reik is a Mexican pop group. The word Reik is the Spanish version of the English word "rake." They changed the spelling because they knew their Latino fans would not be able to pronounce the word in English correctly. Normally they produce soft ballads but they decided to experiment a little in their newest album, Peligro (2011). Instead of the character soft sounds, this album pairs their signature love songs with electronic beats and upbeat rhythms. The chorus is catchy and the song is fun to dance or workout to...but let's take a look at the meaning behind the chorus.

After hearing this song, I've started to think about peligro [danger] more and more. Not just in the personal safety sense but much more in the sense of temptations. Peligro is all around us, whether we'd like to admit it or not. But danger comes in all different forms. It could be a few impure thoughts that ultimately lead to cheating on a spouse, becoming addicted to viewing provocative images on the Internet, having a couple drinks a week to having a few drinks a day or constantly comparing yourself physically to others in magazines or in real life. Regardless what your "danger" might be, I do that it appears to be extremely attractive in the beginning. If you let it, it will entice you (me besas//kiss you) and then you will fall into its trap. When temptations overtake us, we block out our conscience (mi sexto sentido//my sixth sense) and sometimes forget it was even there in the first place. It's easy to say that you won't fall into the temptation to _____, but how can you know for sure you won't? Only by asking God daily to help you overcome obstacles in your life and relying on His strength will you resist temptation.

Enough deep contemplative thoughts for the night. Get up, dance and enjoy this song! Or wait until the morning to hear it so it can wake you up for the day. Either way, enjoy it and tell me how fast you think the Spanish sounds! ;)

(If you're wondering why this post says, "Week 2," please click on the post, Be Yourself: http://lavidaentransicion.blogspot.com/2012/06/be-yourself.html to see why I'm posting each week about a different song.)





Sunday, July 8, 2012

Thoughts on Love: Thought Out

*Disclaimer: I've never been in love before, so maybe I don't know what I'm talking about.*

About three weeks ago I was in one of my best friend's weddings. It was the first wedding I've been in as both a bridesmaid and as an adult. I had a backstage pass and a front row seat to nearly everything: from the dresses to the shoes to the bachelorette party to the ceremony. A couple times leading up until her big day, I was in disbelief that she was even getting married. Okay, well, maybe I felt that way more than just a couple times. At different times I felt a little stressed, though. I think that was because I was a bit worried about the pictures. I was mentally prepping myself for the amount of pictures that would be taken of me and everyone else in the wedding party, but that wasn't all. About a couple months before I was whitening my teeth and using a skin firming lotion every other day mainly for one reason: They are going to see these pictures for their rest of their lives so I better not ruin any of the ones I'm in! Needless to say I trained for this wedding and I will train for the next one I'm in, whenever it will be. It's not that I don't already know I'm pretty. I merely just wanted to look as good as I possibly could in order to honor the bride and groom.

It was incredible the thoughts I had, and never expected to have, during the months that lead up to my friend's wedding. On the day of the ceremony and up until a week after it, I had numerous strange thoughts about love and relationships that I had ever had in my life.

I want to first start off by saying that the "devil is in the details," as the old saying goes. I am certain he was messing with my mind, trying to get me to doubt that marriage is something God has blessed and desires for those who desire a mate. My funk could more or less be described as aftereffects from being THAT involved in a friend's major life event and not knowing every little detail that goes into being a part of one.

Let's take a little trip down memory lane on that day, by way of my thought process:

First:

-We will be remembering all of these little moments of the day 5, 10, 20 and 50+ years down the road.

-This is the last time she will ever have to be alone and as [insert first and maiden name here]

-I would really like to see someone look at me the way I know he will be looking at her as she makes her entrance.

-Never imagined myself getting caught up the moment she walked through the chapel doors and down the aisle.

-Sometimes glancing at the guests in the pews and thinking, "Wow. So this is what the day we've been planning for many months ago is actually like. It's really happening!"

-I didn't think my thoughts would drift to my future wedding and the strong feeling of desire I got to have Spanish spoken during it. (Side note: And my thought of, "The pastor's words and the vows they exchanged were beautiful, but it's ALL in English." I didn't mean that in a mocking way, just merely as a genuine observation.) It's a whole nother story, but let's just say God was stirring something in my soul at that moment.

-I didn't think their first kiss would be so passionate nor did I factor in me being about 10 feet away from them - watching the entire thing. haha!

-All of the pictures that were taken on the way in and on the way out of the chapel were just the beginning. . . hehe

-The fact that so many people were snapping more pictures during the ceremony than I expected and I didn't know which ones to look at and let alone smile at! (only during the times I was walking in and out, though)

-What being in the wedding party really meant: you were essentially on a different schedule than everyone else. Being told to "Wait here!" or "Come back in two minutes for pictures!" while the guests moved about as they pleased, was something I had to get used to all day.

-How difficult it actually was to wear high heels for eight hours straight. . .and run in them!!! We ran because we were sneaking away from the groom and his posse a couple times while getting pictures taken before the ceremony. :P

-How great it felt to wear earrings again but forgetting just how much clip-on earrings can hurt! (My holes closed up years ago but that is another long story.)

-I talked with both of the other bridesmaids at different times about how well the groom was taking care of his bride at the reception - which was very sweet. We talked about independence too and I mentioned that it might be hard for me, a girl who's used to doing pretty much everything on her own, to let someone get me food, drinks, fix my dress, hold a purse or bouquet for me, etc. It's not that I would be ungrateful or too prideful to let someone do things like this for me, it's more like I would not be used to having that kind of help available.

A couple thoughts on the car ride and when I was back at home:

-Though my friend is now off experiencing marital bliss, I too was experiencing a different kind of bliss. I was sort of in the bridesmaid's version of a honeymoon phase. We still had our makeup on but the dresses (and the heels, thank God) had been long since taken off. I didn't know how to exactly describe how I felt until the next day when I someone snapped at me later in the afternoon. It was like my ephemeral bubble was suddenly popped and reality sunk back in. I wasn't at her wedding anymore eating, laughing, feeling girly and having an awesome time with my friends.

-I had known that both the bride and groom had been capable living on their own, taking care of themselves and making their own decisions. What's more is that I have been living on my own since age 18 so it shouldn't have phased me. However, another strange thought still crossed my mind. "So wait, now they can just go wherever and do whatever they want and their parents won't care (or know)? NOW, they're truly adults!"

And last but not least: "They're now going to be with each other nearly every day of the year for the rest of their lives! There's no more doing things solo but if one of them does want to do something without the other, they're going to have to ask? Wow, wouldn't they get sick of each other and want to be single again?"

That last thought is something that the devil almost had a hay day with in my mind. You see the thing is, I do want to find someone to share my life with - a helpmate, if you will. When God brings a man and a woman together in marriage, they will have good days and bad but ultimately they will complement each other and enjoy the other's company, after having faced the world on their own. I'm a single person going at this life alone (and by God's strength) and though try as I might to see marriage from the perspective of a married person, I can't. It's like trying to put a square-shaped plastic toy into a circular hole - it just won't fit!

I know what love is supposed to be like in the Biblical sense (self-sacrificing) and I strive to live it out while I'm single. I don't have much experience with every type of love, especially romantic love-something I desire to know-, which is probably why the devil attacked me the way he did. There's only one time, a couple years ago, that I can say that I was deeply infatuated with someone. Maybe it was the beginnings of romantic love, I can't say for sure. I did do some crazy things, but I know I didn't "love" that person, though. It's hard for me to say, "I love you," to people other than my immediate family members, because I didn't hear it nearly enough from a particular male figure in my life growing up.

I can almost guarantee that it's going to be the scariest and most exciting time of my life when I do meet the someone who will hear me say those three life-changing little words. He, whoever he may be, should know in that moment, I will have just given him one of the most treasured gifts there is - the key to my heart.

Whether you are in love or not, the very mention of true love stirs up crazy thoughts in our minds. My only hope is that, later down the road - when I am in a relationship - I will think back to this wedding or read this post again and want to slap myself for having these thoughts.

Oh, the things we say when we are young!