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Victoria Elena Ferreyra: “With a paintbrush in your hand you can change the world.”

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Victoria Elena Ferreyra: “With a paintbrush in your hand you can change the world.”
Victoria Elena Ferreyra in Sofitel La Reserva Cardales

MC: So… what then is life? And what is death?

VEF: Life: a great opportunity. Death: is just a fact.

MC: Are we solitary creatures?

VEF: To be solidary is a choice. It is a feeling that comes from deep inside people’s souls. It is a daily job. Regarding empathy [or the absence of it] I think that is because we lack memory. If we could recall the bad things [that have happened in this world]… the bad things we do, I’m sure that evil [such] actions wouldn’t be performed ever again.

MC: What makes you happy… or sad?

VEF: For me, life is happiness. If my family is healthy, it makes me happy. Also… love, colours, music and “good” people. All this is happiness to me. Any stupid human act makes me feel sad.

Yellow butterfly on black frame

MC: Is there anything you would like to add?

VEF: “Yes… [For now] I have five wishes… I wish that ALL Humanity feels worthy of life… I wish that people would be grateful for the gift of life and be generous and believe in [feel a sense of] solidarity [with others] before they pass away… I wish I could be a mother some day; I am trying to adopt a baby so I also pray for simpler and more equal laws for everybody… I wish to gather with my family and friends to share a meal… Lastly, I want to fill the world with butterflies… [her voice trails off]…

My interview with her is over. I feel transformed. I get the sudden urge to hold Victoria Elena Ferreyra, so I do… I hold her close, wishing a secret wish… A tear, like a crystal butterfly, celebrates our new-found love for each other and we are both moistened by our emotions.

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