‘You Start Dying Slowly’

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28th July, 2022

I want to share this poem with you. It’s not mine, it’s by Pablo Neruda who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1971.

I just like it and read it when life is just drifting along and I need to re-ignite the passion, hence I want to introduce it to all of you.

‘You start dying slowly’

~  Pablo Neruda

You start dying slowly if you do not travel,

if you do not read,

If you do not listen to the sounds of life,

If you do not appreciate yourself.

You start dying slowly

When you kill your self-esteem;

When you do not let others help you.

You start dying slowly If you become a slave of your habits,

Walking everyday on the same paths…

If you do not change your routine,

If you do not wear different colours

Or you do not speak to those you don’t know.

You start dying slowly,

If you avoid to feel passion

And their turbulent emotions;

Those which make your eyes glisten And your heart beat fast.

You start dying slowly,

If you do not change your life when you are not satisfied with your job,

or with your love,

If you do not risk what is safe for the uncertain,

If you do not go after a dream,

If you do not allow yourself at least once in your lifetime,

To run away from sensible advice…

You start dying slowly if you do not follow your passion.

Do not die slowly, follow your passion, live life & stay blessed forever.