peru shoe

My set of keys:

At the center, is a single miniature shoe from Peru with traditional Peruvian colors. I had been trying to find a keychain for the longest time. I went to so many thrift stores sifting to find the perfect one. My partner said to wait, let the right one come to you. Ah, the story of my life. Well, when I least expected it, it arrived. My friend Lauren gave it to me when she visited Peru last year. Or was it the year before? It’s cute, it’s simple, it brings a smile to my face.

My friendship with Lauren is pretty unexpected too. We were workmates and had to handle a challenging project that required lots of time together. I believe if I can like you through the stressful times, I’ll like you forever. And that’s what happened. She’s a giver and every time she visits anywhere, she returns with symbolic gifts for her workmates. I mean, workmates? Who does that? She teaches me generosity and to slow down, to not eat so fast.

I have new keys to an apartment that’s very new to me still. We live by the beach in a 2 bedroom apartment that hugs similar apartments off a busy main road. It’s simple, cosy and at the same time quite modern. These keys are new to me. I don’t have a connection with them yet, and still, they’re the object I tend to hold the most besides my phone. There’s a mail key, apartment key, and a gate key. I have a weird lock-type silver key I have no idea where it belongs, but that’s there too.

These keys remind me to familiarize myself with the new Now. To enjoy the newness of this chapter, to stay curious, to explore, to learn as I warm up to the keys, the apartment, the neighbors, the drive.

What’s on your key chain?

Author: pizzaslices

Liza is an actor and co-creator of Subway Token Films, a film production company that captures Street Level Miracles through films. That is, moments in our lives when the story as we know it stops, the lens is pulled back and something more expansive is revealed to us. Liza has won awards and audiences alike for her portrayals of the immigrant story on stage and film. She lives in New York City and Los Angeles with her partner, actor Felix Solis.