My life has no Tokyo and no Alaska. When people ask me, where is your Tokyo/Alaska, I find myself in an impasse, where I truly do not know what to answer. Currently, I believe that the place where I am the happiest is when I am in Rio de Janeiro. There, I truly identify myself with my family and the city and don’t feel like I need bend over backwards in order to fit it. On the other hand, here in Curitiba, I do feel a pressure from the city, the school and the people who I interact with to be something other than I want to be. The problem is, looking for my Alaska means stepping out of my comfort zone, which means Rio de Janeiro is not my true Alaska. I think that I will find my Alaska when I leave ISC, Curitiba and Brazil. I will be moving into a new culture and staring a new life, with new people and different interactions- steeping out of the bubble my school has put around me. I believe that college will be the first place where I will be interacting with my Alaska.
This quote talks about men and how we lead lives of quiet desperation. I believe, that to some extent, I can be included into these men that Thoreau talks about. I have not acquired enough knowledge to be called wise- for knowledge comes from experience, something I lack as a teenager. I am truly scared for the moment in which I have not enough knowledge to avoid an act of desperation. But the truth to this, such acts of desperation are what are going to lead me down the path of acquiring more knowledge, more wisdom; getting more involved in the world, opening opportunities for me my growth as a cosmopolitan citizen and introducing me to the mindset of a Global Soul.