One Day with Aviv
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I’m Aviv and I’m 23 years-old. I was born in Israel and spent most of my life in Israel except for a few years between the ages of 9 and 12 when we lived in Zambia. Hebrew is my mother-tongue but I also speak fluent English because I was at an international school while we were there.
In high-school, I studied photography and then worked as a photographer on the weekends during my army service. When I completed my service, I flew to the US and worked as a counselor at a camp for autistic children. After a few months there, I came back home and worked at an organization that promotes the well-being and future of people with autism in Israel called ALUT. At some stage, I decided to move to Rome to do a BA in Interior Design, and I’m now in my last year. It’s amazing and I love being a student here.
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It’s been an interesting ride so far…
When I moved here, I was in a serious relationship with my boyfriend. He signed on for a career in the army so he couldn’t move to Italy with me. We started a long-distance relationship, got engaged soon after, and married a year ago (during my summer break between first and second year). I try and travel to Israel to see him every three months and he comes here every three months, so it usually works out that we see each other every six weeks on average. I’m planning on moving back to be with him when I finish studying but I’m still not sure what I’ll do career-wise.
That’s basically my background. It’s been an interesting ride so far and I feel like I’ve experienced a lot considering my age. I’m a very positive person who is full of life and ideas and dreams. I like to lead an exciting life, fulfilling my dreams, and enjoying the quiet within that reality. I like to chill and have fun and I don’t like drama.
Life is about the little things and moments
For me, life is about the little things and the little moments. I choose the people who surround me very carefully — I like people who are genuinely nice and not necessarily people who seem “cool”.
My main calling in life is to help others
Recently, I also started a blog called just spring it (my name Aviv means spring in English) — it’s a place where I can share everything I love and inspire others. I want it to also be a place where people can reach out for advice or help if they need it. I feel like my main calling in life is to help people in one way or another. In terms of a career, I want to do something that I never get tired of doing and want to do when I wake up every morning. For the moment, I’m keeping an open mind about that and we’ll see where life takes me.
About my day
My days are never the same because my lectures are at different hours. On some days I start in the morning, some at noon, and some only in the evening.
I’m a morning person, so I always prefer to wake up early, no matter what my schedule is for that day. Once I’m up, I try and get in some reading every day. I love reading books that have been made into movies after I see the movie, like Twilight, Fifty Shades of Grey, and Harry Potter. I do it the opposite way — I watch the movie first and if I like the movie, then I also read the book. After I’ve read and if I have time, I work out at home or I go out for a run. Then I take a quick shower and either do homework or go to class. Sometimes I also run errands if I need to.
Afternoon, evening and night
I usually have lunch out but prefer to eat something at home for dinner. Then I hang out with friends, watch TV or work on my blog. On most nights I’m in bed by about 11 pm, though sometimes I go out with a friend for an aperitivo (wine and a bite to eat) and on those nights, I go to sleep later.
Other insights and challenges
My motto in life is…
My motto in life I “life imitates art” from a song by Lana Del Rey. I think it’s a great way to look at life!
I definitely have a general direction for my life after I finish studying and move back to Israel, but it’s flexible enough to change if needed. I know I would like to work in an office or design studio as an interior designer for a year or two and then possibly go out on my own and freelance.
I’m still not sure about children yet because I still feel too young, so I’m planning on waiting until I feel ready to take that step. If I do have children, I think I’d probably like to stay at home with them for a few years but I’ll make that decision when the time comes. I also want to develop my blog more in the next few years.
My best life hack
Whenever I have too many things to do, either assignments or just chores, I make a general to-do list and under each title break it down to many small to-do lists. That way I’m able to check them off quickly which makes me feel like I accomplished more.
If there was one piece of advice I could give, what would it be?
There is no time to waste, you can never know what’s going to happen tomorrow. Therefore, make the most of your day every day! Even on days I feel down for whatever reason, I keep watch that I’m not getting sucked into it and make sure I’m always doing things that make me happy.
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Originally published at one-day.life on December 21, 2018.