This is the book I have been writing on : A Window to My Soul.
Short outline: It is about who we are at the core and how society shapes us as we grow up. The book is also about overcoming challenges and taking strong self-leadership when big obstacles arrive at your door step.
Be clear who you are and stay grounded even if there is a storm outside.
The story unfolds 1985 : that is the time when I met Mihai in Mamaia, Black Sea Coast in Romania and we started writing to each other. I was 13 and he 14 years old. We kept in contact for all those years. In September 2011 we met again after 26 years.
In the beginning of our pen-friend days we wrote about music and running. After awhile I started to realize what it was like living there, in a closed Communistic state, and when he told me not to write about politics I got angry and frustrated many times. But had to respect it. The book mirrors the contrast of a closed and open society.
His drive, thoroughness and will-power was present as a 14 years old and are still there today, when he is 40.
Some things don’t change.
The core of who we are.
The story has a political perspective, but most of all mirrors one individual, Mihai, and how he grew up in Communist Romania. It also takes the reader to Mihai’s way of getting out of Romania after the Revolution in 1989 and the meeting with Europe.
The last part of the book is taking us to today. Global Village. Trying to understand a post-Communism society , the Romanian, that was closed for such a long time and is today open and a member of the European Community. – What is the EU really about now and where has solidarity gone ?
Moreover : – How do the mentality and cultural identity of a whole people change when the constitution changes so drastically ? Do they change ? How does the Romanian people deal with self-leadership, responsabilty and initiative ?
When you read the story I hope you will be called forth on your own strength and will-power instantly and be able to recover from obstacles, come out of challenges with hope kept inside you.
I never met Mihai again until September 2011. That was the point when I “heard ” that his story needed to be told.
The story is Mihai’s and our deep, special friendship through our letters adds value to the story you will be reading.
Something that struck me again when starting to write was : – Seize the moment. I met Mihai for 1 hr one evening in 1985 as a 13 year old. That was not much measured in time. However, we came to develop a deep, special friendship through our letters: him growing up in a closed society where Ceausescu ruled and I in an open Sweden.
Stay open to people and situations.
They are probably there for a reason.
Check out hashtag #ooralamamaia and see how the story starts to come alive as a film with Tudor Giurgiu directing it : https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/ooralamamaia/?hl=en
Romanian journalist Brad Florescu kindly translated some passages from the manuscript into Romanian. You can read them here : http://www.tedoo.ro/o-ora-la-mamaia-o-poveste-despre-libertate-iubire-si-suflet-romanesc/