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Do you feel lonely as a translator - Part 3

Updated: Mar 5

After all the struggle with my typewriter, I reasoned that it would be best to jot down everything and then type the text. I devoted days and nights to that one task. I was a mess when I eventually finished everything.


My father asked me if I wanted to pursue that career path in the future because he was concerned about me. "You lock yourself in that room; you do not see anyone; you do not talk to us very much anymore; it seems like you are lost in your thoughts," he remarked.

"You should get out and have some fun! Is that what you want for yourself?"

I listened to everything he said, and the answer was definitely ‘yes’.




Sadness and disappointment struck me hard, though, when I was turned down for the job at the printing company. It felt like all of that dedication of my time and all of my effort to present a nice translation had been in vain! I guess I don’t have to say that those feelings would strike me so many more times in the future that they would become the new normal for me.


Despite the initial disappointment of not getting the job, I found a new path in teaching English as a second language. It was a rewarding experience, and I was able to touch many lives through my work. My students ranged from young children to pilots and air traffic controllers, from beginners to fluent business people. Each one of them brought a unique perspective and enriched my life in their own way.


Alongside my teaching career, I continued to pursue my passion for translation. I took on various translation jobs for family, friends, and students. The subjects were diverse, ranging from dentistry to sewage systems, from cover letters and CVs to post-graduate theses. The amount of research required was sometimes overwhelming, but it was always worth it. Each job was a learning experience, and I found it fascinating.


Looking back, I realise that old Saem, the Supreme Alien Entity of Mars, was not plotting against me. Instead, it was pushing me to my limits, testing my resilience, and helping me discover my true potential. The trials and tribulations I faced were not obstacles, but stepping stones on my path. Going through the year 2022 was a challenge for me. I was looking after my parents all on my own. My 3 children were living away, and I never felt so

lonely! I couldn’t talk to my parents because they were not living in this world anymore; they lived in their private bubble.


My sister, who was living in a country town, rang me one day, saying that she was coming for a visit and that maybe she was going to stay with us for a few weeks. She was feeling unwell.


She was buying a stairway to heaven but nobody knew.


The weeks turned into months and the months into a year, and, in June 2023, she passed away. Her spirit was crying for leaving.. so she left.


Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow? And did you know your stairway lies on the whispering wind?


My sister will always be with me, like the wind that blows from the skies and touches my face.



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Thanks for sharing you story with us, I'm sorry for your sister's passing. 😪

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Silvia Marin
Silvia Marin
12 de mar.
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Thank you so much Priscila! That means a lot! 🌹

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So moving Sylvia! Thank you for sharing this very personal experience! You write beautifully ❤️

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Silvia Marin
Silvia Marin
12 de mar.
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Oh that is very kind of you, Laura! Thank you so much! 🌺

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I cried with you, Silvia, about your sister's situation. Loved people always go before we would like them to... Thank you very much for sharing!

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Silvia Marin
Silvia Marin
12 de mar.
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Teresa, you are so sweet! That is very true, unfortunately! Thank you so much for reading and for your kind comment! 🌹

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Andrew Morris
Andrew Morris
04 de mar.

I'm very close to my own sister and I really felt your loss at the end. You have a gift for writing!

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Silvia Marin
Silvia Marin
05 de mar.
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I was very close to mine as well, and our bond grew even stronger while she was living with us! I miss her every single day.

Thank you for your kind words, Andrew; they mean so much to me!

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Shams Daroueesh
Shams Daroueesh
04 de mar.

Deep and cutting this time Silvia, I am so grateful for your story, you make me less lonely with every chapter. Keep them going

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Silvia Marin
Silvia Marin
04 de mar.
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Dear Shams, thank you for your lovely comment! It does mean a lot to me to know that you are enjoying my story and that I am keeping you company somehow. 🌹

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