As we all know, the start of every year brings us the opportunity for a new beginning, change, to correct past mistakes, to get started on new chapters of our lives, and to find some closure for various personal issues we might be going through. There are also the resolutions to modify behaviors, bad habits, economical issues and sometimes even radical changes. Sometimes we even try to change someone else according to what we view is the right way. A lot of us, or at least me, get into a different mindset: it almost feels like what was impossible last year is possible now.
The sky’s the limit as far as personal goals or achievements are concerned, but we must add a few ingredients to it to keep a reality check. I always like to put things into perspective as far as what I was able to accomplish in a previous year. Like a self-critical check list, this way one is able to discern what could’ve been done better or the paths we could’ve taken. Many of us have plenty to be thankful for, such as being physically and mentally healthy, which should give us the confidence to take on anything that may come our way.
Since returning to Peru, I have my own personal view about what we face in this new year. AOur new President sure has his hands full this year and I would not wish to be in his shoes. I do admire his charisma and positivity but I do think he is very naïve at times. I see him as someone with very good intentions, an innovator with great ideas and government plans, but the people that surround him may not be what he thinks. I see our President as an extremely trusting man and that, especially in Peru, is a huge mistake. I applaud his ideas about making our country a modern society, but one takes a look around, anywhere in the nation, and wonders: how does he plan to do this? We are surrounded by informality, chaos, disorganization, fraud, and corruption.
Our president has a monumental task in front of him and I really wish that his idea of a modern society in Peru would become a reality, but I’m wondering if this country is really ready to take on that huge of a leap. It’s all about the mentality, the idiosyncrasy of our people. Believe it or not, a lot of people seem to feel comfortable, and even prefer, living among chaos, uncertainty and informality. I remember hearing this quote back in the States that really shocked me: “The worst enemy of a Peruvian is another Peruvian.” This phrase has a deep meaning for Peruvians in that it means we refuse to work as a team, or to feel happy for one another’s triumphs and victories. As a country we need to really start changing the mindset of not caring for one another, the apathy for the consequences of our behavior. I am all for helping our country become a modern society and it takes each and everyone of us to make the little changes towards a more prosperous future for our future generations.
Returning to the U.S. to spend the holidays with family, I noticed a feeling of anxious uncertainty among the people, among the country. I know that the idea of electing a new president is to bring some positive changes, but I’m wondering how Mr. Trump is going to take on this enormous task. This is the real deal now: and it’s game time, not only in the U.S. and Peru, but around the world.
Let’s all hope for the best for 2017 and may all your wishes come true.
Fernando Calle is a Peruvian born, American citizen who has lived in the USA for over 25 years. He is a Cardiovascular Technologist and Sleep Disorder Specialist, having worked for Baptist Health Systems (Florida, USA) where he held the position as Chief Technologist of the Respiratory Disorders Department. After having worked for his own companies (Sleep Services of South Florida and Total Health Diagnostics, both in south Florida), he currently resides in Lima, Peru on a new quest as an English Teacher. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.