I Am Here!

Seven stories tell of uncommon events in the lives of ordinary people who, having arrived at a crossroads, each in their own way trigger their own transformation. Subtly transcending the boundaries of material and spiritual, ‘I am here!’ examines complex topics in a simple way.

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I Am Here!

7 stories on the journey to the destination

About the Author

“My reason for writing this book? Well, I had a problem: everything was OK...”

from the Preface

Vedran Mezei was born in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in 1976. He has had an interest in writing since childhood, publishing his first pieces in the school newspaper. He received his Associate’s degree from the Faculty of Tourism and Foreign Trade in Dubrovnik, where he still lives today with his family. Along with writing, Vedran also plays guitar and sings, performing at various venues across Dubrovnik.


Everyone’s entitled to happiness. It’s not only our right but also an obligation to life.

Last Judgment – First Hearing

Last Judgment – First Hearing

A girl from the class 7b asked the professor if Michelangelo had any children. He laughed and asked her to read out loud one of the paragraphs from the page of notes he had handed out before entering the museum. She was embarrassed when she realized that she would have known the answer if she had read the material. But she had no choice, so she read this text aloud: ...

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I’m Not Here!

“Such a quick learner! It’s great because we can move right along! When considering the Ultimate Truth - see, that could be a good expression too, we need to bear in mind that our perspective is limited. This is why we are not able to perceive Life in its entirety. The thoughts and discussions about it are all bound to be incomplete. Carl Sagan, an American scientist, ...

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From Favela to Ipanema

He stopped the car and everyone exited to enjoy the panorama of the city. As they stood by a small wooden fence, he explained:

“To the left, you see Corcovado with the statue of Christ the Redeemer on top. The peak to the right is Sugarloaf. A funicular runs up to the top and I recommend taking it. One of the best views of Rio is from up there.” ...

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Some Ordinary Stories About Death

“Fine, but you can relativize everything this way!” Ron argued. “According to you, nothing is the way it seems, it’s all an illusion. What’s real then? How should we perceive life?”

“Perhaps it’s best to stick with that Monty Python song: ...

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The Game

I asked myself if I was overreacting or imagining things, but when I finally opened my eyes, a big white butterfly was sitting right there on the grass-stained knee of my torn pants. I immediately thought that was Jack, telling me: “I am here! You're on a good path, just keep going!” ...

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The Dubrovnik Times: VEDRAN MEZEI - if your vacation lasts seven days - you read one story each day

The Dubrovnik Times: VEDRAN MEZEI - if your vacation lasts seven days - you read one story each day

Mezei set out to write an “inspirational, entertaining and thought-provoking book,” and from the early feedback it would appear that he has succeeded.


“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.”

Victor Hugo

The songs which inspired the lines in this book are listed below and, as sort of a soundtrack to the reading, hopefully invigorate its message.

1. The Long and Winding Road

(J. Lennon - P. McCartney) – The Beatles

2. Morning of My Life

(B. Gibb) - Nina Simone

3. Little Wing

(J. Hendrix) – The Jimi Hendrix Experience

4. As

(S. Wonder) – Stevie Wonder

5. Dawn/Go Within

(T. Coster – C. Santana) – Santana

6. I've Never Been to Me

(R. Miller - K. Hirsch) – Randy Crawford

7. The Girl from Ipanema

(A. C. Jobim – V. de Moraes/N. Gimbel) – Astrud Gilberto, Stan Getz

8. Have I Told You Lately

(V. Morrison) – Van Morrison

9. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

(E. Idle) – Eric Idle (Monty Python's Life of Brian)

10. Tears in Heaven

(E. Clapton – W. Jennings) – Eric Clapton

11. No Love Dying

(G. Porter) – Gregory Porter

12. Mrs. Robinson

(P. Simon) – Simon & Garfunkel

13. New York State Of Mind

(B. Joel) – Billy Joel

14. Why Worry

(M. Knopfler) – Dire Straits


“Living to serve others is the highest form of love. Which is the point of everything. Love is the essence of existence.”

Some Ordinary Stories About Death

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I Am Here!

7 stories on the journey to the destination