Rio de Janeiro, 450 years of Love

All, but absolutely all, we are celebrating. THE birthday person, world famous, beautiful, dazzling, fascinating, that wins hearts, even those who say they are only rational. We're talking about our dear Rio de Janeiro, Or just River, for the most intimate.

Juan de Souza Rio de Janeiro
Image source: Juan de Souza

Right now when paying this simple tribute, trying to put on paper what the city transmits to me, I do it with my heart at my fingertips, with so much emotion and love that I feel for it.

The immense honor of being body and soul carioca, it is not just because I was born and raised in this piece of nature, which is part of the huge canvas painted by CREATOR, of so many paintings portraying our existence.

Love is what makes me happy, until I shiver, from wanting my friend so much RIVER. Look my people, it's not just the exuberant beauty, which at every angle we see, always shows us a new facet. It is much more than a simple look. It is a feeling of positive energy, of the immense gratitude that we must all have for living here.

Rio Wonderful City Sonia
Image source: City of Rio

So let's try to search our mind and heart, why, to be privileged to live in this city: the sea, which calms the excitement after an intense day of work and takes away the focus of the day-to-day tribulations, the bathe the body in its endless beaches, walk along the shore breathing an air of freedom and health ...

And, in the city center, the hustle and bustle of getting to and from work, getting "lost" in the streets of the Sahara, a colorful and surprising trade, shopping (temples of consumption) frequented by the typical carioca, in his "uniform" Bermuda / slippers, restaurants for all tastes, gyms to care for and worship the body, among others.

The city that is home to so many inequalities is able to match itself when people come together around a goal, when they claim improvements in an orderly and peaceful way, showing that “unity is strength” and that is not just a sentence made, but a truth.

RIO 450
Image source: City of Rio

Cariocas from birth or from heart / adoption, which is more important: love the city not only in words and admiration, but love it with love fully, translating…. we will treat better, respect and take care of the city, as if taking care of that love of a lifetime.

The great and sad reality is that sometimes we forget that loving is, above all, caring, valuing. Let's start by keeping it clean - it's not just because there are street cleaners - that we have to go around throwing garbage on the streets. Would my dear “countrymen”, throw garbage on someone they loved? I think the answer is: do not.

In good people, we are going to celebrate and give a gift to RIO, not only on its birthday, but all the time, that the city deserves, for so much that we give daily in beauty.

Instead of complaining so much, we will try to collaborate more, with collective actions aimed at improving the Paradise where we live, let us not just wait for the public authorities (demanding the most effective action from the public authorities, of course, it is part of the law and citizenship), instead we will start charging ourselves.

We will further increase the pride of being cariocas, the yolk or not! 🙂

My name is Sonia Maria, I am from Rio, with great pride, lawyer, businesswoman. In my spare time I love reading good books, dancing, traveling, dating. And I am a very obstinate person, I know how to be patient, in fact, patience is essential so that we do not give up on our goals.