A year ago, people thought the world was coming to an end. The Mayan prophecy would come true in December 21st 2012 and cataclysm would strike. But my people, the Mayans, did not predict the end of the world. They predicted the death of an old age, an old way of thinking, and the birth of a new age. An age of revolution in thought, an age of discovery, an age to start anew. Now, 5,126 years later, one of their descendants (as I learned this year I am 20% Mayan) is traveling through space, traveling through a new year of challenges.
Imagine you are in space. You are travelling through space at 2 parsecs per second, stars flying pass by you. Nebulas exploding, gravitational pull ignored, and then out of the corner of your eye you see one small planet, with chances of life! Chances of civilization! Chances of maybe finding a new species of organisms that other humans have never seeing before. Yet, maybe there is nothing there, maybe is nothing but an empty rock, an empty hope. Plus if you slow down you will lose time and will be hard to regain back the speed at which you’re traveling. But quick! You have a few seconds to make your decision! You are about to pass the planet and it will be too late! What do you do? Do you stop? Do you pass the chance and wait for a better opportunity? Quick! Decide! And then… That’s how 2013 felt for me.
This past year was a year of challenges. A successful one, but challenging nonetheless. It was a year of many “first” experiences. First time travelling in an airplane by myself, first time having a house, first time speaking in front of hundreds of people, first time not living with my parents, first time turning 21 (That only happens once in a life time though!) and the list goes on. It was definitely an accelerating year, from college classes, to presenting a game in front of hundreds of people in an international research conference. 2013 was definitely a year that challenged my determination like no other. So many times I could have chosen the easy path, I could have chosen to just “lay low” and walk instead of run. This would have make things way easier for me this year, way more easy, but if I would have taken this path, if I would have walked all the way to December, I would have not being able to take all the opportunities that crossed my path this year. It was tough, by the end of the year I was brought down to my knees barely able to keep up, barely able to stop to realize what was going on around me. I was challenged, my intellect was challenged, my morals and believes were challenged. It was a crazy ride; there were moments I did not know if anything was going to be worth it at the end. But finally the year came to a stop, and I was able to look around me and look back at the beginning of the year and realize that I survived the crazy ride. Every single mistake taught me something, and each mistake built up the road to success. Is nice to stop and breathe and feel proud. But a new year has started and a new challenge, a new planet somewhere in space, awaits me.
I am not sure what the Mayans predicted, I am not sure what they wanted for their descendants, but I can definitely say that I am not the same person from one year ago. I have definitely being through a personal revolution and I have grown a lot because of it. Does this mean, that maybe, just maybe, the Mayans were right?