“Možeš žaliti samo za stvarima koje nikad nisi probao.” In the local language this means, “You can feel regret only about things you never try.” It happens to be a motto of one of the most unique individuals here at MSYP.
It is difficult to find words to describe Matea as she seems to be shrouded by much mystery. But over the past few weeks I have come to know Matea as an extraordinarily creative, curious, and above all a caring citizen from the beautiful city of Mostar.
When you first meet Matea, you will find that she is typically adorned by fascinating, handmade dreamcatchers. Although she will say that these ornaments have no profound significance, in reality, the dreamcatchers seem to symbolize Matea’s desire to capture ideas and inspiration from all around her.
While Matea may say that she has few concrete dreams and goals, that is simply because she is looking for a place where she can truly thrive. Here in Mostar, her open-mindedness and appreciation for new ideas and people are constantly clashing with traditional views.
In my mind, she is following the intrepid path of Coelho’s The Alchemist, which happens to be Matea’s personal favorite. Matea will be the first to admit that she’s nervous about leaving Mostar and beloved friends for pastures new. But there is little doubt in my mind that nothing could curb her innate adventurism, because “when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”