Be yourself!

Photo : KaDDD

Be patient, be crazy, be honest, be happy
Be motivated, be outstanding, be healthy

Be silly, be curious, be welcome, be peaceful
Be amazed, be overwhelming, be grateful

Be wise (but not too much!), be amused, be natural
Be loved, be wishful, be generous, be special

Be blessed, be cool, be telorant, be thankful
Be in love, be complete, be human, be worth it

Since you cannot be anyone else…
Just be yourself!

Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Why…

Reprise

Photo : KaDDD

Why does the sea water taste like salt?
Because that’s where the tears from the clouds land

Why is the sun so hot?
To keep us warm when we are sad

Why does it rain over our heads?
To wash the bad feelings away

Why is the grass green?
To make us happy when days are grey

Why do the stars shine?
To show us the path

Why is the moon so big and bright?
To take care of Mother Earth

Why do numbers never end?
So we count them again and again

Why do some people fight?
They can no longer see the difference between wrong and right

Why is love so important?
Because without it, we would already be dead.

Filipa Moreira da Cruz


Art at the hospital

Needless to say, I knew we would have to go to the ER. However, I was far from imagining that I would spend the entire night in this room…again! Last time, it all went too fast. This time, I had enough time to rest, to have breakfast and even to take these pictures.
I’m not proud of my work. The quality is terrible! But it is my personal way of thanking, once again, the doctors, nurses and health assistants.

Photos : Filipa Moreira da Cruz (Centre Hospitalier de Saint-Malo – France)

Heroes

Reprise

Photo : KaDDD

You work at hospitals, schools
Supermarkets, kindergartens
You are brave and fearless
And you take care of others

You are a doctor, a nurse, a policeman
A therapist, an attendant, a bus driver
A teacher, a fireman, a physician

Your body is sore and your bones are weak
Missing the ones you love the most
Due to endless days and sleepless nights
You work almost seven days a week

Your effort is huge, whilst resting is so rare
We feel safe and we are blessed
For having you always there

Thank you!

Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Pieces of life

Photo : KaDDD

Embrace your life
Take it as a whole!
No sorrow, no pain, no regrets
No complaints and no requests

Don’t waste your time
Minutes are way too precious!
Don’t judge and don’t expect
More than others can offer you

The only thing you can take for granted
Is this moment
So make it unique and special
Enjoy the day! Everyday.

Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Lockdown

Reprise

Photo : KaDDD

How do you feel today?
I feel tired, anxious, weird, afraid and lonely
Fair enough…You’re experiencing a new situation

But be reasonable
Concentrate on good things

You’re alive and healthy
You have a roof above your head
You may dance in the kitchen if you want to
You have food
You have water to drink and also to take a shower
You have lot’s of toilet paper!
You have internet connection, a smartphone, a PC and a television
You have books, maybe some of them you don’t even knew they were there
You have friends and family
You have time

So, how do you feel today?
Grateful!

Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Happy birthday… to me!

44 years of ups and downs
The Earth keeps turning around
Friends and family are my rock
And they know what I’m made of
I’m grateful for all I have
Moving forward step by step
Joyful days, blissful nights
I keep chasing my own lights
Every detail is a poem
In a perfect tandem
Sometimes things don’t work out
That’s what life is all about
Meanwhile, l shall have fun
Because yesterday is already gone
Happy birthday to me
Living wild and free!

Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Good sea vibes

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.

Jacques Yves Cousteau
Photo : Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art is everywhere!

I have my own rules, so street art comes on Sunday. Don’t ask me why. It’s just the way it is. Some rules are made to be broken. And this one is one of them. I couldn’t wait! The week has been long and exhausting. I was counting the minutes to get home. Literally. And then… I saw it!
A huge wall painted with colourful flowers and fearless animals. Who could have guessed? In a parking lot. Yes, in the garden supply store car park. And I don’t even have a house with a garden. I live in an apartment with a tiny little balcony. I presume my eyes (well, my left eye) was meant to see this beauty just before the week ends.
I must thank my son because every Friday he goes to kayak and I pick him up before the sun sets. Usually, the meeting place is at the beach but this time I found myself at this empty parking.
I’m blessed and grateful. Open your eyes. Seize the day. Always.

Photos : Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Feeling alive!

A walk throught the clouds
The wind messing up with my hair
Feeling the breeze on my face
And the grass cracking below my feet
I can almost guess what the sea smells like
Surrounded by colourful flowers
From all sorts of fragrances (just my imagination!)
I wish I could put all these sensantions into words.

P.S. Due to an accident, I’ve lost the smell (and 90% of the vision of my right eye) when I was a baby.
Trying to imagine the smell of things is a constant challenge.

Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Photos : Filipa Moreira da Cruz