The Last Thing I Learned
My So-Called Life
by Gibran Cruz
2M ago
What is the last thing you learned?  Because life… is not a movie. Everyone lies. Good guys lose. And love… does not conquer all. Buddy Ackerman – Swimming with Sharks (1994) When I was a teenager, around the year that movie came out, I had a notebook filled with movie quotes. That was one of them. Now, after a (recent) series of unfortunate events, I was reminded of it and I’m still learning that : Life (and everything in it) will not always turn out the way I planned it or want it. We shouldn’t fall in love with ideas. People will lie to you for various reasons: either they feel the ..read more
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My 2024 Trial Has Ended…
My So-Called Life
by Gibran Cruz
3M ago
This past holiday season was a bit harder than others. I said goodbye to the year that ended and welcomed the new one with hope for better days. Some of us made “new year’s resolutions”… promises to ourselves that we don’t intend to keep. More often than not, the new year is a continuation of the previous one: same feelings, same hardships. January ended (at last!) and with it our 2024 trial. I know some people are expecting a year full of happiness. Maybe it will be sad for others and, for a few of us, it is just another year turning pages of a calendar. Each person lives their year in a uniq ..read more
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Big Airports And How To Get Lost In Them
My So-Called Life
by Gibran Cruz
2y ago
Airports are like magical waiting rooms on your way to or from home. Like any magical place, you have to be ready for adventure to happen at any moment. At least that was what I was thinking back on February 5th 2021 after hugging my brother and walking into Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in Puerto Rico with Jay as my trusted sidekick. Once inside, everyone seemed to know what they were doing and where they were going except me. After getting our bags inspected by the USDA and losing the sticker 20 seconds later, we were ready for every safety protocol and flying to NYC. Piece of advic ..read more
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I Am that I Am (Erin’s Monologue)
My So-Called Life
by Gibran Cruz
2y ago
“Myself. My self. That’s the problem. That’s the whole problem with the whole thing. That word, “self.” Thats not the word. That’s not right, that isn’t…How did I forget that? When did I forget that? The body stops a cell at a time, but the brain keeps firing those neurons. Little lightning bolts, like fireworks inside and I thought I’d despair or feel afraid, but I don’t feel any of that. None of it. Because I’m too busy. I’m too busy in the moment. Remembering. Of course. I remember that every atom in my body was forged in a star. This matter, this body is mostly empty space after all, and s ..read more
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When I Die (Riley’s Monologue)
My So-Called Life
by Gibran Cruz
2y ago
When I die… My body stops functioning. Shut down. All at once, or gradually, my breathing stops, my heart stops beating. Clinical death. And a bit later, like, five whole minutes later… My brain cells start dying. But in the meantime, in between… Maybe my brain releases a flood of DMT. It’s the psychedelic drug released when we dream, so… I dream. I dream bigger than I have ever dreamed before, because it’s all of it. Just the last dump of DMT all at once. And my neurons are firing and I’m seeing this firework display of memories and imagination. And I am just… tripping. I mean, really trippin ..read more
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365 Days Of LOVE
My So-Called Life
by Gibran Cruz
3y ago
When we met, I didn’t expect life to lead us here. I’m happy to walk hand in hand with you into this magical adventure we call life. A year ago we decided to spend the rest of our lives together when we said the words “I Do”. Our love was always written in the stars and today I can say without any doubt that in any world, in every life, across the Universe I’d choose YOU. It will always be you. My three wishes today: A lifetime of memories by your side. That our love keeps growing even while apart. That the life we’re building together takes new meaning with each new plan. Let’s keep writing o ..read more
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Love Is Not Tourism
My So-Called Life
by Gibran Cruz
3y ago
Love Is Not Tourism is a global movement dedicated to raise awareness about long distance relationship couples and families separated by travel bans/border closures during the Covid-19 pandemic. Some couples had to wait for a long time before they were allowed to travel and reunite with their loved ones. As of today, some of them are still waiting. Ahmed and I had to wait because we married during strict measures. But 2021 came full of hope for us so we would like to share some of it… You can visit their website Love Is Not Tourism If you would like to share your success story or feel insp ..read more
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My Egyptian Adventure: How It All Started
My So-Called Life
by Gibran Cruz
3y ago
I’ve wanted to share all about my relationship for the longest time. But for some reason, this part of my life feels so special that I wasn’t ready yet. A lot of people had asked me a thousand questions since I came back from my trip to Egypt so I guess it was time I shared a little of it. I met Ahmed back in 2019 on a dating website. But before you say anything , no, I wasn’t looking for love in all the wrong places. Someone suggested I check the website out and since I was single, why not look at some profiles? I got a message from that cute egyptian and soon enough we exchanged Instagram ac ..read more
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Giby’s Misadventures…Now streaming.
My So-Called Life
by Gibran Cruz
3y ago
I started this year thinking that it felt kinda like a trial subscription to a streaming service that you can’t cancel. Three months into it and I still ask myself “What will happen in today’s episode of Giby’s Misadventures?” I mean, last season in the show that is my life was incredible. It was full of unexpected things like making it through a pandemic (we’re still doing it) and getting married. Even I didn’t expected that one but turns out that it was the best decision of my life. Will tell you about it later. I’m starting this season with a different cast. People who I thought would alway ..read more
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Another Trip Around The Sun…
My So-Called Life
by Gibran Cruz
3y ago
When I was a kid I loved celebrating my birthday. December came and it meant I would get like 3 gifts, one after the other, or one big expensive gift because my birthday, Christmas and Three Kings Day were weeks apart. But then as I grew up it became less exciting (even when I always bought something special for myself) and I would say that “after 25 you don’t celebrate your birthday, is more like you commemorate the day you were born, just another trip around the Sun”. Fast forward some years and that trip around the Sun became the yearly reminder of everything I’ve failed at and what I could ..read more
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