My Heart Is Intact

Life is a full of surprises if one takes a risk to leap into unknown adventures. I had not expected anything and had not foreseen anything about what the Mexican odyssey would become when I decided to embark upon it and decided to surrender to the fate. My life has dramatically changed since I began knocking about the world nine years ago – I met Gerardo, Ramon, and Jorgito during the first world odyssey. After nine years of friendship, they are the ones, who are willing to succor me to become who I truly am and relentlessly encourage me to get started on my mission as a writer. When I think about it, I cannot help myself but smile at life.

In all my life, a great deal of people admires our friendship and ask me how we have epitomized the secret harmony of friendship. Many people say, “It is difficult to find a good friend nowadays and our friendship is miracle.” I venture to say that we are destined to be friends, since our friendship has not required any efforts to build up; our friendship has naturally developed as though it were written by invisible ink. Above all, we have trusted each other with all our hearts from the beginning. This sort of candid trust does not happen randomly unless it is predestined. And I hereby acknowledge triumphantly that I am proud to have Gerardo, Ramon, and Jorgito as my best friends. I thank God every day for sending them into my life.    

I thought that I must liberate myself from where I do not want to belong and what I do not want to become all by myself. I thought that nobody could help me to become liberated, and nobody could help me to become who I truly am, because I thought that it was my own fight and thought that I must overcome my weakness by myself. I have to confess that I underestimated my friends and could not know that my friends have the power to change my life. I had struggled in vain for writing for over nine years, since I was too blind to be able to see the truth: I was obsessed with writing. When I realized that the process of liberation from my doubts needed the final touch, sharing my mission with my friends, everything became crystal clear to me, and I have become a writer. I have learned from them that I do not have to be alone to fight for my life. Now I have the invincible alliances to fight for my life, and I am glad to have them along to the road as I follow my destiny.

I am approaching the end of my story and am feeling that my inevitable departure from Mexico will be coming soon. When I complete the book, I should start embarking upon a new odyssey because my new life has just begun. I want to meet the fellow seekers who seek the meaning of life like me and talk to them to my heart’s content. I believe that my fellow seekers are waiting for me to share their experiences of their struggles, enthusiasms for their dreams, and curiosity about life itself with me all over the world. Where do I want to go next? I want to go to Jamaica, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Chili, Paraguay, Africa, India, Russia, Estonia, Belarus, Ukraine, Romania, Greece, Poland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Spain, England, Ireland, etc. I want to go everywhere. Before embarking upon a new odyssey, I must pay a visit to Playa Del Carmen to see Ramon again in order to give the manuscript to him. I am wondering what he will say when he reads it.

I am so excited about the future and am looking forward to embarking upon the new chapter of my life. I want to say thanks to Gerardo, Ramon, and Jorgito, who have given me this prodigious opportunity and have backed up my mission with their friendship. Thank you very much, my friends! I am now ready to follow my destiny with the impregnable armor: my friends. My heart is intact.

Please Don’t Stop Writing

“Anyway, Shogo, I totally agree with everything you said. I really want to read your book. I hope you’ll complete your book very soon. I just want you to know that I have no doubt that you are writing a great book, and I’ll do my best to find a publisher in Mexico for you. However, it might take quite a while for you to find a publisher. Please don’t stop writing. Even if you can’t find a publisher soon, you must continue writing book after book, because I really believe your book will give a lot of hope to the world. Besides, you are born to do it, okay?”

“Thanks, my friend. I’ll do my best. I want you to know that without your help, I’d have still been suffering in Japan, ha-ha-ha. I owe you everything on this account. Remember, next time will be my turn. When you need some help, you are always very welcome to mine.”

“Ha-ha-ha, of course, man! Next time will be in Vancouver. We should go there again. I’ll sleep at your future apartment in Vancouver, and I won’t pay anything! And I’ll have my own mattress as well.”

“What? You want to have your own mattress? I can offer you sleeping space at an entrance of my future apartment. That is my final offer, man! Ha-ha-ha.”

“Ungrateful son of bitch! Do you want to sleep on the street tonight?” he was laughing.

He drank the bottle of water to cool down his throat, “I’ve started understanding what you always tell me, and I really think you are right,” he said sincerely, “you always say money isn’t important; the important thing is that one has to do what his heart desires every day. I envy you, because you become happier and happier each day despite the fact that you haven’t earned any money. Take Jorge, too. He doesn’t earn money as he used to do, but he definitely looks happier than when he was a slave. I’m earning more money than both of you together, but I am dissatisfied with my life. I have no enthusiasm for what I’m doing, but only dreary feelings for my job every morning. I am colorless in my heart. Look at you, Shogo, you have nothing. You don’t have any resources, but you are the happiest man alive, who I’ve ever seen under the sun. I really think the reason for your happiness is that you’re doing what your heart desires every single day. I hope someday that I can find what I want do for the rest of my life with the same zeal as you.”


“You know, I truly think the most essential thing in one’s life is having real friends. I believe it from the bottom of heart, my friend. Because of Ramon, Jorgito, and you, I am liberated.”

“It’s true, it’s so true, my friend.”