Daniel Catalaa

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What I learned from my marriage

December 31st, 2009 by Daniel Catalaa

I got married very young, when I was 23 years old. The main reason I tied the knot was that I found somebody that I liked and wanted to be with her. A factor that precipitated events was that her international visa was going to expire and I did not want to see her leave and lose the opportunity to get to know her better. Beyond that, there was not much conscious thought that went into the decision. One of the main understandings that I came to later in life was that marriage is not the best... [read more]

Journey from adversity to joy

July 31st, 2009 by Daniel Catalaa

Sometimes we transition very smoothly from one phase of our life to the next without even noticing that a change has occurred. Other times instead we are very conscious and aware that a big change just took place that will have deep and far reaching reverberations. The arrival and departure of illness in my life falls into this second category and separated my life into 3 distinct phases: a healthy childhood, being very ill during adolescence and young adulthood, and the recovery of he... [read more]