The cloistered nun of 86 years who died at age 105 agreed with Microsoft giant Bill Gates. “You feel happiness when you follow your vocation.” Sister Teresita Barajuen and Bill Gates lived worlds apart, but after the death of the cloistered nun of 86 years at age 105 according to a June 12, 2013, International Business Times report, it is clear that both Sister Teresita Barajuen and Bill Gates have the same message.
“You feel happiness when you follow your vocation.”
What that vocation or passion is, however, depends on each unique individual.
At the age of 19, Teresita Barajuen didn’t want to be a nun but because of family pressure (girls pretty much had the choice of either marrying or becoming a nun at that time in Europe), she joined the Buenafuente del Sistal monastery and discovered that she had found her passion.
For the next 86 years, the cloistered nun only left the convent twice. Once during the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War when the nuns fled to escape the fighting, and the second time in 2011, at the age of 103, when she left to meet Pope Benedict XVI when he came to Madrid. Coincidentally, the day Sister Teresita Barajuen had joined the monastery was the day Pope Benedict XVI was born; April 16, 1927.
One of the most unlikely men in the world who would agree with the nun who chose to be cloistered in a convent for 86 years because it was her passion — is Bill Gates.
After graduating from Lakeside School in 1973 and having scored 1590 out of 1600 points on the SAT, as The Week reported, Bill Gates went to Harvard. Two years later, having found his passion in computers, Bill Gates left Harvard, founded Microsoft, and never looked back.
Unlike Sister Teresita Barajuen, Bill Gates’ “convent” is not limited to the walls of a convent but only limited by international political constraints on how much of a positive difference he can make in the world.
Like Sister Teresita Barajuen, however, Bill Gates followed his vocation or passion in life; not just for himself but also for others.
When it comes to religion, Bill Gates, like Sister Teresita Barajuen, appears to be quite open-minded. In a 2005 PBS interview with David Frost, Bill Gates put it quite simple. “In terms of doing things I take a fairly scientific approach to why things happen and how they happen. I don’t know if there’s a god or not, but I think religious principles are quite valid.”
Sister Teresita Barajuen who died overnight on Wednesday at the age of 105 after being a cloistered nun for 86 years and Bill Gates would both agree. It does not matter when or where. “You feel happiness when you follow your vocation.”