“Tendría más problemas reales y menos imaginarios.” /“I would have more real problems and fewer imaginary problems.” –Instantes, Jorge Borges
I came across this line while reading “Instantes” by Jorge Borges in Spanish class last week. The speaker in the poem is nearing the end of his life and is reflecting on what he would change about himself if he could go back and relive his life.
Of course, these days just about everything reminds me of the Peace Corps, but while reading the poem, this line stood out as a real truth about why many people choose to serve.
We’re trying to grapple with “real” problems–problems that are larger than ourselves and our own immediate needs. Problems of poverty, of inequity, and of injustices.
It’ll be a challenge to keep a healthy perspective of “real” versus “imaginary” problems on a daily basis, but I hope that we all have success in doing this, and in solving “real” problems throughout our service.