Once upon a time, there was a little girl who came to this world an early August morning when the sun was burning in the sky of Athens. She spent the first 12 years of her life playing outside, leading groups of other youngsters - usually getting into mischiefs, moving around Greece every almost two years, reading, learning languages, swimming, singing, dancing, acting and taking care of her younger brother when necessary. Life couldn’t be any sweeter…
Then, one dark day, her parents announced that there would be no more moving, that she should focus on her education and give up most of her beloved hobbies and pleasures… Yes, Middle Ages had hit her world which started crumbling down piece by piece. For six years, there would be nothing but school books, private lessons and all the pressure one can imagine for that girl to have a brilliant career somewhere abroad; to reach high and make everybody proud. And so she did… She won’t recall much of that period anymore except for the endless hours of writing letters to her pen-friends around the world and daydreaming as a way to escape from reality. She would only close her eyes and fictional stories would just pop up in her mind. Her dreamy world was real but only in her dreams…
At 18, the first step to freedom was made. University life far from home! The girl would still follow studies she wasn’t really fond of but hey, who cared? The time had come when she would be semi-independent and she would travel around the world! And no one was to stop her… Buses, planes, boats, cars, hitch-hiking… any means and any way she could find to escape and discover new worlds. She moved abroad and opened a new life cycle, still running away from something… but what was it?
It took me another 7 years to find out that I was running away from “me”. I became aware of the fact that I was living somebody else’s life when my life burned down to ashes from one day to another. It was that dark, cold, cloudy morning of February 2013 when I looked at myself in the mirror and I just couldn’t recognise that person. I started looking for answers and this is how I bumped into www.signingstars.gr and Giorgos Sofianis who gave me hope and helped me recreate myself.
I’m now more than happy for my background in European affairs and the opportunity I was given to work in the European environment of Brussels. Languages did pay off after all and my master’s degree in translation brought me to Europe’s capital. But that little girl is still inside me and hasn’t stopped kicking and screaming to go after her real dreams and heart’s desires!
I’m Zoe, which in Greek means “life”, and I’m at my heart and soul’s command. I work as a systemic family counsellor and I’m training to become a social psychologist and a psychotherapist. I’m fascinated with psychological astrology, which I practice as a counsellor, and improvisation comedy theatre. I dance (biiiiiiiig love for African music), I act, I go to the movies, I volunteer, I teach languages, I translate, I travel. I lend an ear and give advice when asked, I meditate, I spend as much time as possible with children and teenagers who are my endless inspiration and every day, I discover a new café or idea or book or… Family, friends and my amazing god-daughter are my most valuable assets, while the biggest lesson I’ve taken so far is the sweetness of doing nothing!