the supposed faculty of perceiving things or events in the future or beyond normal sensory contact.
“she stared at the card as if she could contact its writer by clairvoyance”
the ability to perceive matters beyond the range of ordinary perception

Some years ago I was watching one of my favourite anime, One Piece, and in this particular episode there was a woman called Viola who had a particular “super power” which granted her the ability to “see things as they truly were” both physically and figuratively – imagine that.

One of her many abilities meant that she could physically see in all directions over long distances and she termed this special move “clairvoyance”. It was the first time I had come across this word and I was instantly drawn to it… the way it sounds, how it reads, and its meaning – figurative and literal.

This woman, Viola, had a secondary ability, though. Get this – she could turn her tears into dangerous projectiles and use them to attack her foes. Picture that.

Hopefully you can “see” where I’m going with this over-the-top, elongated allegory.

Clear Seeing

As a first generation immigrant who has lived in 3 different countries I am no stranger to a change in environment and/or people, yet, leaving “your people” never gets easier.
“The fear of the unknown” and “Imposter syndrome” become more than just keywords or popular phrases – they become real.

That’s where the clairvoyance comes in. The ability to see beyond the fogginess of fear, uncertainty and self-doubt. Some might call it “faith” or “hope – but these words don’t quite cover it for me. Seeing things for what they truly are, seeing your path and your journey from different angles, and watching your life play out in slow motion. That is a special feeling, and it’s extrasensory. A perception of the truth beyond actual fact – that in the end, things will be OK, that change is necessary and that maybe, just maybe, you are who you think you are. I think it’s a power that is in all of us – you just have to tap into it.

The Formula

I am so so sad to be leaving bbd, yet for the same reasons, so incredibly happy.
Sometimes both, sometimes one or the other.

Whilst we’ve achieved so much in my 2 years at this incredible agency it’s not the accolades that make me cry with joy. It’s not the KPIs and goals met, ‘nor the money made. Those things are fleeting and there’s never enough of them.

But the love? That is where it’s at, and there’s a special kind of love here at bbd. The talent is undeniable, but the real power lies in the culture of love and freedom to be unapologetically you that is cultivated and pushed here.

The formula is so fu**ing simple, and bbd has it down pat where so many others fail;

Be human.

As I’ve been preparing to make my leave, I am eternally grateful to each and every one of you for giving me that extra push, and providing me with a clearer vision of my potential as a human and so-called “professional”. I will use these tears as dangerous projectiles that allow me to push forward as I proceed to conquer yet another exciting challenge.

There is fear in change. Almost always. But on the other side of that fear lies the best things in life. So it goes.

And though change (in career, lifestyle, environment) is constant, one thing in my life remains; I am someone’s dad.

And that is a way bigger deal.

Ruben Rocas
Senior Digital Marketing Manager