Gil Mildar
As the song says, a Latin American with no money in his pocket.

Recipe for after the fast

A Raw Sketch on Yom Kippur

By a Soul with Sixty Winters Under His Belt

So, there’s this whisper around—perfect life is the gig where you’re your own guest. No plus ones.

Does this hold any water? I’m a soul with sixty winters, and it’s still a puzzle to me.

What’s in my head? Just that life’s a high-quality collection of prime disappointments.

I yearned for love, a crew, some pals, and what’s the deal? I used to dance through life solo, with my expectations playing the lone tune.

Love, in my books, was the endless jam; but, oh look, it had its final track.

Work, in my dreams, would be the big feast; turned out to be just another bite.

Life, in my eyes, would be a fair trade; but it’s a grab bag of odds and ends.

So, I switched my expectations to a solo of self-reliance.

It’s a tough gig, but maybe the best I’ve rolled with.

Feeling lighter, airier.

Not because I trimmed the expectation list, but ‘cause there’s no sting when they don’t make the cut.

Life, it’s a blend of lows and highs, a pick from the menu.

Me, I’m picking the highs.

Want a taste of joy? Cook your expectations just for your taste buds.

And if it gets a pinch of sorrow, no sweat; it’s just another spice in the life mix.

But here’s the real deal…

She’s my partner, a blend of grit, strength, courage, and allure. My daily dose of joy.

My kid, outshining me in smarts and skills, is my push to level up.

And my furry buddy, a daily dose of giggles.

So, is the flawless life a solo dish? Still figuring it out. But I know, life’s richer when shared with the ones who light up your world.

Shana Tova

About the Author
As a Brazilian, Jewish, and humanist writer, I embody a rich cultural blend that influences my worldview and actions. Six years ago, I made the significant decision to move to Israel, a journey that not only connects me to my ancestral roots but also positions me as an active participant in an ongoing dialogue between the past, present, and future. My Latin American heritage and life in Israel have instilled a deep commitment to diversity, inclusion, and justice. Through my writing, I delve into themes of authoritarianism, memory, and resistance, aiming not just to reflect on history but to actively contribute to the shaping of a more just and equitable future. My work is an invitation for reflection and action, aspiring to advance human dignity above all.
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