It was inside one of the few air-conditioned, trendy cafes in Lisbon that I sat at the precipice of a life milestone that some women dread, while others attack with determination: my 30th birthday.
As a freelance digital marketer, my “office” typically means anywhere with a reliable internet connection, comfortable seating and, hopefully, lots of caffeine. And so, as I sipped a flat white and thumbed through a Portuguese indie magazine — an act of procrastination before opening my laptop to do the type of work that lets me linger in trendy Lisbon cafés in the first place — two questions dominated my thoughts:
How’s my life going?
Where am I going?
I wasn’t sure.
By the age of 30 in American culture, most people agree that stability and responsibility should be prioritized. Some believe that these elements can pave the way for success and happiness. But do they?
Then, my eyes landed on a Portuguese word in the magazine: Desenrascanço.