I am quick to laugh
Even quicker to shed tears
I never stop dreaming
I am ashamed of all the misery in the world
I forgive easily, but never those who torture people or animals.

The sea
Small isolated villages
Beaches I discover while exploring
A small spot on the map called Kapetaniana
Tiny churches that spring up in the middle of nowhere
Children (when I was little, I hoped for twelve; in the end I settled for two!)
Animals, especially dogs (I have Sheila now, but I still dream of all those dogs I have lived with – Sido, Milva and Aria)
Oh, all right, cats too (Melia, Che, Arthur are always with us)
Ladybugs (Pes Pes and I are inseparable)
The eagles I watch at Asterousia
Lunching out once a week with my daughter, Alexandra

Playing backgammon after a swim
Drinking raki with my friends at Kapetaniana
Watching Thanos play the piano
Having endless cups of coffee with my girlfriends
Reading or listening to stories
Being told tall tales – even with a pinch of salt!
Hiking (I prefer small mountain paths)
Watching the birth and rise of the moon over the mountain of Kofinas
Reading big beautiful books
Planting trees and flowers and watching them grow
Digging in my vegetable garden overlooking the Libyan Sea
Being thrashed by Stergios in backgammon, chess, running and riding bicycles.

Tight clothes and tight shoes
Rooms without windows
Walking up steep hills
Sheila chasing goats on the mountain

All children could dream, either waking or sleeping
I could have a farm with many animals
I could learn to make cheese and marmalades
I could read all the books I buy
I could travel round the world on a bicycle, or on foot
I could always remember “those who secretly or openly walked with me...”

I will defer trifles, truisms, meaningless small talk, socializing out of obligation, meeting people only because it is the done thing.
I will see my friends, I will play with my kids, I will watch the films I choose, I will read the books I love.
I will travel as much as I want.
No more wasting time.