Hello, my name is Marina, I am 19 years old and I am from Ukraine. I am so glad to share my experiences in life with you here. I hope you like it and find something interesting for you.
1. What is something not too many people know about you?
Not many people know that when I was studying at school, I had a lot of extra classes, I was studying 2 foreign languages and Ukrainian as well, so 3 languages. I used to dance professionally latin (samba, cha-cha-cha, rumba, etc.. you know), all the time taking part in championships of Ukraine, but unfortunately, my health decided to stop this. I had serious problems with my knees, which made me stop dancing. That was painful. I had to stop dancing, because if I didn’t I would never be able to walk again. I was swimming professionally as well and playing the piano. My music teacher always said to me that I have the unique finger memory, I can leave the piano for some years, but coming back to it, I will play my mom’s favourite composition called «Song from a secret garden» written by Rolf Lovland even with closed eyes. I sang as well. I have a very strong, low voice when singing thats not common for women. As you see, I was doing a lot of things and also school, so you will ask me «When did I have free time to hang out with friends». I didn’t hang out at all. I really didn’t have time for this. Once a year, I went to Russia to my grandparents country house, and spent all those 30 days on fresh air. But even there my parents made me continue studying. «You may ask, did I hate my parents for that? I was studying all the time.» But I will say NO. I had the best childhood. I’ve explored everything, I’ve traveled with my parents to many countries. And despite them being too strict, they love me and most of all, I love them too. Thanks to them I have what I have. I am who I am.
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
My biggest passion is traveling. Journeys make me fly. They inspire me and give me a lot of energy and emotions. I am a person who has been living for some months in different countries with different cultures. I'm trying to find my zest or a shadow of myself in these locations. I was living in China for 3 months. That was my first long trip without my parents. That time I was just 17 years old and on the way to a country with a totally different culture from mine. Not too many people speaks English there and no one speaks Russian. I was a bit frightened going alone so far from home, but I did it, and that was a really cool experience. I met a lot of people and made some friends. I worked with Chinese people and learned their culture. From that moment on, I decided I wanted to understand more about Asia so I went to Japan, Tokyo. It’s an amazing city. Everyone should visit it, not just because it’s huge and beautiful, but also because Japan is a very highly developed country. People there are different from people anywhere else. They are so shy, but nice. No one will steal your things, even if you forgot something somewhere, you could come back sure that your stuff is still there.
I’ve also been traveling a lot to Europe. My favorite country is Spain. Those are my people. In spanish that’s (es mi gente). I do love this country, not just because I speak Spanish fluently, but people there are super nice, openminded, positive and noisy. I like this style. In my past life I was probably Spanish. Now I live in Dubai, in the most luxury city in the world, and I enjoy my life 100%.
3. What are your goals for the future?
My goals for future are to learn at least 2 more languages. I’ve started with German language and haven’t chosen yet the second. I want to finish my degree. I am studying management and I want to create my own event agency, make unforgettable birthday parties and plan weddings. I have a lot of ideas. Also I would like to have a Child Development Centre that teaches babies foreign languages, music, dancing, and other sports. The more you give them in the early years, the more you get when they grow up.
4. What is your definition of success?
My definition of success is when you are doing the things you like and it can provide for you financially. Then it’s not called a job, but a hobby. To get to success, you have to always work on you and learn something new. Read books and talk to different people. Make efforts. Study and success will find you. Your life will be grateful. God will award you for diligence. Don’t waste time. Its the most precious thing in your life. Learn something new everyday and follow your dreams. Don’t be afraid to think big, to dream big. Dreams have a knack of coming true as long as you are not lying on sofa doing nothing. Everything will happen. You just have to make it happen.
5. Tell us something about the projects you're working on.
Right now, my projects are studying and traveling and exploring the world, because I am just 19. I am traveling and working. I wouldn’t have had such an opportunity if I didn’t study hard.