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Family of Choice

Family of Choice

Ce e aia o familie? Intrebare cu raspuns deschis.

Cei din care te tragi si cu care imparti casa, masa si mostenirile genetice.

Sau poate cei langa care alegi sa-ti petreci zilele si noptile pana la adanci batraneti, dupa care ajungeti sa mai impingeti si panselute impreuna.

La ce bun?
De ce traiesc oamenii in cete familiale, cand ar putea la fel de bine sa traiasca singuri?

Pai unde-s doi puterea creste! Unde mai pui ca daca apar si ceva copii in peisaj brusc clanul se mareste si sentimentele de posesiune si apartenenta infloresc.

Stiti ca patalamaua-mi spune ‘psihoterapeut de cuplu si familie’, nu? Lesne de inteles ca ma preocupa subiectul de ceva zeci de ani incoace.

Ce face o familie sa fie familie?

Si mai cu seama ce desface o familie? Tot ce am citit pe tema relatiilor de orice fel se invarte in jurul catorva concepte mari si late: bunavointa, putere si dragoste.

Modul in care se manifesta treburile astea in interiorul familiei can make it or break it.

Acum daca ar fi sa va impui capul cu teorie despre ierarhii familiale, granite, roluri, scenarii de viata, diferentierea Sinelui si genograme sunt sigura ca nu m-as face inteleasa.

Asa ca atunci cand vreau sa vorbesc despre ceva important pentru mine, incerc sa imi aleg cuvintele cele mai simple.

Iti pasa sau nu-ti pasa?

Vrei sa ai dreptate sau vrei sa ai armonie?

Intelegi sau nu intelegi?

Incerci sau nu incerci?

Da sau nu?

Iubesti sau nu iubesti?

Care e oare scopul unei familii?

Sa traim fericiti pana la adanci batraneti… and beyond?

Cam complicat, presant si permanent…

Asa ca ce-ar fi sa desfacem scopul asta in lucruri mici.

Sa ne ascultam unii pe altii.

Sa avem grija unii de altii.

Sa ne cerem scuze unii altora cand o dam cu mucii in fasole.

Sa vorbim unii cu altii.

Sa ne lasam sa tacem unii pe altii.

Sa fim curiosi unii in privinta altora.

Sa ne iertam unii pe altii.

Sa radem unii cu altii.

Sa plangem unii cu altii.

Sa ne facem planuri unii cu altii.

Sa ne iubim unii pe altii.

Sa fim binevoitori unii cu altii.

Sa avem incredere unii in altii.

Sa cautam binele unii in altii.

Sa ne punem unii in papucii celorlalti.


The One That Got Away

The One That Got Away

Following an unknown reason from the back of my mind, I decided to write this post in my non-native language. I feel obliged to let you know before you get to read any further that the subject is not an easy one, nor is it a topic you would have no problem bringing up at a family dinner while enjoying your soup together with your significant other, children, relatives and pets.

It’s about the one that got away… but keeps lingering in a corner of your being which has been occupied without the intent of being released any time in the next decade. Call me obsessive, but shit like this happens to all of us. Whether we admit it out loud or hide it in the safest place of our brain, it’s there. If you have trouble putting your finger on the person who meets all of the above stated criteria, please try again later. Maybe your defenses are so strong, that work miracles in saving your from yourselves in times of existential questions.

My very best adviser and critic told me something tres smart when I asked him why do people choose to keep present in their memories someone with whom they feel things got away and are not quite finished. He said that this is part of our human nature and that clinging on to “the one that got away” concept is a way of hoping for the best, because at one point in our lives something inside ourselves sent the message that hooking up with that person will improve considerably our existence.

I tend to believe him without saying necessarily that he is right. He is right, I am left, but it seems we work very good together. How do you keep the one that got away in the back of your life, but not forget him/her? You would do him/her an injustice by allowing your memory to act upon these sequences of your life experience as a merciless Recycle Bin. At the same time, how do you keep the one that got away… away?

You can’t always get what you want, but you get what you need… as a Rolling Stone would say. And this, my friends, is the truest truth of ’em all. No matter what we think that we want, we should without a doubt act upon our needs first and wishes after. Needs such as basic stable attachment, safety, the feeling of home, social status, family. Sometimes our wishes get the best of us, tearing us into endless negotiations between mind, body and soul. I want the moon, stars, sun, planets, black holes, vortexes, comets and undiscovered space. I want it all and I want it now!

Just like a little kid wants a piece of candy…


Does he need it?


Will he feel pleasure after eating it?


Will he feel better on the long-term eating candy everyday?


So he will eventually have to give it up. Cuz it’s not what he needs!

That does not mean that he will stop thinking about what if…

And it’s ok kid, keep on thinking!

This is our greatest gift ever: our inner world in which we can eat as many pieces of candy as we want forever, think of whomever we want in our moments of silence, project fairytales and fantasies. But let us not forget, as one of my 5 year-old students would say: it’s not real, Miss!

I coulda woulda shoulda been more articulate on this topic, but the reality is that I ain’t! I don’t want to leave you all high and dry, so I will list some songs which made me think further about the controversial and quasi taboo subject of the one that got away:

His words were like heaven in my hurricane;
And I’ll be happy for you, if you can be happy for me…;
But if you try sometimes, you might just find you get what you need.

Good night to all the ones that got away… and to all the ones that didn’t! 😉