sexta-feira, 1 de junho de 2012

A Royal Life

Living like a Monarch, how it would be like?

Living in a luxurious palace with walls covered with art made by famous names, eating food prepared by the most talented chefs, traveling around the world, having your tea brought by butler Alfred every morning, owning the most valuable pieces of jewelry, celebrating your birthday as National Holiday and having your face on postage stamps, well not too bad

Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee, in other words she has being reigning for sixty years and besides her exclusive life style and having to wear a heavy crown once in a while which may literally be a pain in the neck, I believe the biggest treasure she holds are the things her eyes have seen.

Since she has been crowned the British Queen the World has had so many changes and its politics, cultures, history, music, fashion and she has witnessed at all in a front row seat. She has met heroes, history changers, country leaders, music legends, Hollywood royalty and all the greatest personalities that have lived for the past 6 decades, among them The Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela and 12 US presidents.

While the World watched her dark curls transforming into a cute soft-white-cotton-candy hair , she has seen the death of Josef Stalin, the rock'n'roll music becoming popular, the oral contraceptive pill becoming available, Fidel Castro establishing communist dictatorship in Cuba, the death of US President John F Kennedy, the Berlin Wall being built, the Russian Yuri Gagarin becoming the first man in space,  Neil Armstrong becoming the first man to walk on the Moon, the "Bloody Sunday" massacre in Ireland, Margaret Thatcher becoming British Prime Minister, AIDS becoming major health threat throughout world, the Chernobyl nuclear power station exploding contaminating most of Europe, the Berlin Wall being demolished, the end of apartheid in South Africa, European Union (EU) being formed by former EEC members, the World Trade Center terrorist attack and so many other world events.

I vividly remember watching on TV the demolishing of the Berlin wall, being really afraid and having nightmares even after watching the news about the Persian Gulf War, watching on TV the first president in Brazil to be impeached due to corruption and living in the US when the first African American president was elected.

I remember listening to music from my cassette tape, buying my first CD and downloading MP3 song for the first time. I wrote letters to friends before I started emailing them and I remember my excitement while I waited my pictures being developed from negatives, and they are all old school now.

It is fascinating to think that our current life and news will be in history books (or whatever gadgets they will be using to read in the future) and that our actions and causes and legacy may write our names in it.

A Royal life is a life of dedication and service to the people and to what is right.
While the only crown most people will get is the one from their dentist the opportunity of watching and being part of history is shared by all of us Monarchs or Commoners who choose to not only be in this life, but really live it with honor.

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