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


From the moment I first drew breath in this intricate world, my life unfolded like a path undiscovered. That initial cry, far from being a mere announcement of my arrival, served as the opening note to a complex composition of moments yet to find their harmony in the narrative of my existence. Now, I stand adrift in the continuous flow of the present, an expanse both infinite and mysterious, pulsating with the rhythm of my heartbeat and streaming with the rapidity of thoughts that navigate the corridors of my consciousness. Among the tangled threads of memories, aspirations, and dreams, I am faced with the transient nature of our journey, as tangible as the vanishing whispers at dusk. An inevitable conclusion awaits, destined to silence the melody… And the universe, as it was known to me, will dissipate into nothingness.

“Why do I embark on this discourse?” one might ponder. The insight, though tinged with a personal motive, illuminates with the clarity of the first light of dawn: I write to imprint my essence onto the fabric of eternity, standing in defiance against the voracious void of oblivion. The act of writing becomes a form of rebellion, an endeavor to inscribe my name among the constellations, refusing to be swallowed by the abyss. Each word I leave behind is a murmur in the darkness, a quest to grasp a fragment of immortality.

This introspection, driven by an intensely personal urge, reveals the profound allure in the search for meaning. Writing morphs into a portal to the timeless, not through the grandeur of actions, but through the power to connect with another being, to initiate an echo that surpasses our mortal constraints.

In a candid exchange, a close acquaintance of my beloved voiced her feelings of being lost. Reflecting on her confession, I was confronted with a query of daunting depth: How profound is the realization that the pinnacle of one’s life has slipped by, uncelebrated and unnoticed, while we were ensnared in a maze of grievances? When will we come to the understanding that this moment, the here and now, possesses the potential to be our finest, lest it slip away into the realm of missed opportunities and regret?

Life, as it unfolds, is an expedition without maps, where we each set out as navigators in search of significance. In this quest, every pause of hesitation, every shade of doubt, is not a symbol of failure but an invitation to delve deeper, a call to wholly embrace life, to find joy in ephemeral connections, in the essence of simplicity, and most importantly, to carve out a distinct path illuminated by the choices and experiences that define who we are.

Let us eschew the inconsequential. To truly live. To immerse in the essence of existence with each passing day, for ultimately, everything concludes, definitively. This realization lies at the heart of our being, urging us to seize each moment with passion and purpose, challenging the shadow of forgetfulness with the brilliance of the present. In my quest for a legacy, writing serves not just as a reflection of my internal struggles and desires but also as a means to weave my deepest self into the fabric of the cosmos. Through each word committed to eternity, I aim not merely to express my innermost thoughts but also to ignite the hope that my spirit might find solace in our collective memory, challenging the dusk of oblivion and, perhaps, lightly touching the edges of the immortality we all so deeply desire.

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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