A few days ago my husband sent me a picture on instagram of man I hadn’t heard of before whose name is Mario Vargas Llosa. From what I read, he’s basically one of the most incredible humans alive. At 81 years old, he is a literary genius, 2010 nobel prize winner and truly one of the most impactful and significant novelists of our time.
Born in 1936 in Arequipa, Peru, he had quite a rocky childhood where he was told that his father had died (due to a rocky separation)…only to find out at the age of ten that he was still alive. At that time, his parents reconnected and Vargas Llosa started to recognize that his life had drastically changed. Growing up with his mother, he was accustomed to a lifestyle that was “pampered” if you will, and unfortunately life with his father quickly began to turn hostile and violent. In an effort to escape from this type of life, he began reading the works of Dumas and Victor Hugo.
It was at this time that Vargos Llosa discovered his love for literature. He went on to study at the University of San Marcos and publish several novels after including The Green House (1966), Captain Pantoja and the Special Service (1973), The Storyteller (1987) and The Dream of the Celt (2010)
Aside from his literary works, Vargos Llosa wrote significant politically driven articles that were published around the world. Basically he was the bomb and everyone knew it. So let’s get to the point here and back to why I’m posting about him.
Vargos Llosa told the New York Times Magazine recently that what he respects most in a person is “Integrity.” He is quoted as saying “Consistency in what you believe, what you say and what you do”
Doesn’t that just strike you? When I read it, I thought to myself…this guy has it all together, and shoot, I’d like to have it all together! It sounds so simple, but if our actions would consistently reflect what we believe and how we feel, wouldn’t life be so balanced? Think about self-love for example. If you wouldn’t say something to someone, why are you going to say it to yourself? Or about eating something. Are you going to put something into your body just because someone else is, even though you don’t like it? It’s the consistent battle between what we do/say vs. what we truly believe that continually gets uprooted. Knowing this now, I think you can apply his statement to your everyday life so seamlessly. I bet some people won’t like it, but at least you will be living according to your own novel and not someone else’s.