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I have been a big fan of telenovelas since I was a child, actually I don’t know why I let too much drama into my life at such a young age, but anyways. As I grew older I became more critic regarding to what I was going to watch, so unconsciously I quit watching telenovelas (except when SBT reprized La Usurpadora –because Paola Bracho is an icon!), that was until a few weeks ago when my older sister, Jessica, invited me to watch Corazón Indomable, a Mexican telenovela produced by Nathalie Lartilleux for Televisa. It is a remake of the 1994 Mexican telenovela, Marimar and a new version of La Indomable created by the legendary writer Inés Rodena.

In short, Corazón Indomable could be described as a typical “melodrama Mexicano”, but after watching 50 episodes in a row, I can tell you that this story can teach you a couple of life lessons, too. Although the whole story has 162 episodes, 50 are enough for you to see how the story develops itself, and possibly how it’s going to end (or at least, how you expect it to end).

Maricruz Olivares lives with Ramiro, her maternal grandfather, and Solita, who is deaf-mute and whom they found abandoned when she was a little baby. She lives in a shack located in the middle of nature, near the Narvaez´s ranch property line. Miguel and Octavio are siblings and they both own the Narvaez´s ranch, which is mortgaged because of the bad administration Miguel, the older brother, has made. Octavio is a pilot and arrives in the ranch in need of money since he has lost his job and wants the lands to be sold. He doesn´t imagine that soon he will forget this purpose and will discover that the earth, the sowing and sharing with the workmen become a source of passion for him.

Octavio meets Maricruz while he is traveling around the lands and catches his foreman mistreating her. Regardless of her humble origins, he defends her as a gentleman. Immediately, he is trapped by her sympathy and beauty. When Octavio discovers the malice with which Lucia, his sister-in-law, treats Maricruz, he gets really angry and decides to marry Maricruz in order to teach his brother and Lucia a lesson.

However, when he receives a tempting job offer as a pilot, Octavio leaves the ranch and asks his brother to give Maricruz his part of the land. Lucia and her cousin Esther set a trap to Maricruz who is accused unjustly of being a thief and ends up in jail. Fortunately, a lawyer believes in her and achieves her freedom; but when she returns, she is shocked to discover that her grandparent died during a fire.

Corazón Indomable, Televisa

Corazón Indomable, Televisa

In the first 50 episodes you will see how the too-naive-to-be-truth Maricruz* falls in love with Octavio, and then has her heart broken into pieces by him and his family. After the tragedy in her family as describes the plot, “Maricruz  leaves to the capital city with her sister Solita and starts working as a maid at Alejandro´s house, who happens to be her father, without any of them knowing about the bond between them. Maricruz gains his trust and love, and he helps her to get educated and become a high society woman.”

With her beautiful heart and fearless soul Maricruz gains not only Alejandro’s trust and love but ours. She got us rooting for her as she seeks for justice to her grandfather, who was actually murdered by Lúcia.

At this point we are so amazed and impressed by Maricruz smartness and what she overcame, that we don’t realize that she became the villain of this story. Her earlier desire for justice became an insatiable thirst for revenge, and in order to get revenge on those who made her suffer, she leaves so many important values and relationships behind, she gets blinded by hate and what comes next is a vicious cycle of revenges.

So, what lessons have I learned from this story?

  • “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”
    ― Mahatma Gandhi

We can’t go in life without having our heart broken, our feelings hurted or our ego bruised. Someone, someday, somehow, will make you feel bad, will take you down and it’s going to hurt like hell, but it’ll also make you stronger and wiser. So, the best you can do about it is to forgive that person. There is a fine line between justice and revenge. Justice will bring closure and peace to your heart, but revenge will bring nothing but heaviness and sorrow.

  • “Money cannot buy peace of mind. It cannot heal ruptured relationships, or build meaning into a life that has none.” ― Richard M. DeVos

Maricruz inherited a lot of money from her father. That money granted her the financial stability, and the confidence she needed to succeed at life. It allowed her to dress up flawlessly as she was building a wall around her heart. She was bulletproof, or at least she thought. But the truth was that behind the windows of her eyes she was the same ingenuous girl that she has always been.

  • “Keep in mind, hurting people often hurt other people as a result of their own pain.”
    ― Joel Osteen

Maricruz was, obviously, in pain, the circumstances led her to it, but because she chose to remain in pain she was poisoned by anger. All her decisions were made out of grudge; she was a trainwreck, headed to self-destruction. That’s what happens when we leave pain in charge of our actions, pain leaves no room for love, forgiveness and acceptance.

  • “Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.”
    ― Will Smith

I haven’t watched the end yet, but I know that at the end Maricruz will forgive Octavio, but until then I know she will lose many things in the process, including herself. Knowing this makes me wonder why she had to lose it all to understand that forgiveness was the key to unlock the door of her heart? If she had only forgiven them when she had the chance, things would have been different, and lives would have been spared.

So, if you can learn anything from this story, learn this:

  • Just because the circumstances in your life have casted you as a victim, it doesn’t mean you have to be a victim or a villain, when it comes to the story of your life remember that: you are not just playing a part, you are the author of it (and just in case you’re looking for an editor, God is the best one I know – His omniscient eyes are experts on seeing the things we can’t see).
  • Don’t close your heart for love just because you’re in pain. Let love in, let love heal your wounds, let love be in charge of your actions.
  • Forgiving is not easy. But it’s necessary if you want to find peace. If someone has broken your heart but is asking for a second chance, give it. We are all humans, therefore we will make a mistake now and then, our wrongs should not define who we are, but how we make them right should. What defines us is how well we rise after falling!
  • You can lose years of your life holding a grudge or you can enjoy the freedom that forgiveness can bring.

 

Notes from the author: If you are going through a TV show hiatus, this telenovela is a great opition to fill that freetime in your schedule, but I warn you: **chances are that you are going to fall in love with Ana Brenda and Daniel Arenas.** Their performance in this telenovela is outstanding, I found myself applauding them many times!

Maricruz a.k.a Maria Alejandra, is such a badass feminist in this telenovela, except for her thirst for revenge, she is a role model for many girls and women, observe her lines, quotes and actions and you will see what I’m talking about!

If you have watched Corazón Indomable feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by and reading this!

*Although she seems too naive to be truth, Ana Brenda portrayed this character so well that it makes it totally believable –that’s what hooked me into the story! A special THANK YOU to Ana Brenda for bringing life to this character, and for being an inspiration to many. Best of luck on your career, your talent is undeniable!!

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