Portugal is often known for its beautiful and relaxing beaches, it's great weather and it's great food (the "bacalhau" and "pastéis de nata" ☺️).
The typical blue tiles are also very popular among tourists, although most portuguese won't find it attractive (at all).
The fact that we tend to take everything we have and see everyday for granted is a shame. We often stop realizing how beautiful a place is, how wonderful a person is, and how grateful we should be for all we've got, just because it's there, day after day. We stop caring for it, we stop appreciating it, and then, only when we no longer have it, or once it's completely changed, we realize what we've lost and how important that was for us.
That's applicable to many things in life: 🔸a beautiful and touristic place that we take for granted because it's there and it's so easy to visit. We want to take pictures everywhere because it's beautiful and trendy, so we ignore the signs; we want to go to places that seem to have a better view so we walk there, even though it's forbidden... Until eventually this place is closed to public, and the next generations will never get the chance to visit that beautiful place because of people who ignored the signs and warnings (they are there for a reason).
🔸a life we worked hard to get. A family, a job, a house, a car, whatever it is. We are ungrateful for the things we have, and we keep complaining about the ones we don't. Until we lose everything, and we realized how rich we were.
🔸a great country we were lucky to be born and raised in, but we keep wanting to live elsewhere. Until we leave, and miss home.
🔸an amazing person who we truly love and we can't live without, but we forget to show them how much they mean to us. We get too comfortable to criticize their flaws, and we forget to be thankful for their amazing qualities. Until they're gone from our lives, and we no longer can spend time with them.
Think about all the great things life and God has given you and be grateful for them. Not just now, but everyday. Show people you care for them, everyday. Don't just say it. Show it. And the more love you will give, the more you will receive in return ☺️