“It’s fabulous to be me. It really is. to the extent of me questioning whether I’m the only one that feels like that or not. I love being me, I love my life, I love the people around me, I love the opportunities I have, I love that I’m relatively healthy and that I have a very good brain with which I can think and create and come up with new ideas.
Hmmm…this might sound a little arrogant now but I think I counteract that with the work I do and by always trying to have a positive impact on people’s lives.
At the end of the day I want to be able to look in the mirror and be able to say “I’m okay with who I am” but also “I’m okay with what I did”. That I got the most out of my day, my week, my life. That I took what was given to me and I used it to make myself happy, make the people around me happy and at least not damage the world. To get the most out of life.
I’m absolutely not saying that my life is perfect and a party every day. I’ve had to overcome many struggles because I live the life I live. Because I want to live it to it’s full potential I’m taking more risks, I do things differently and I’m putting myself out there which means people are critiquing you much more easily. That also comes with hurt and damage and disappointment and rejection but I think to some extent overcoming that makes you even happier with yourself than not having to face that at all.
I guess if you’re chasing rainbows, you’re going to have to face that your life is also full of rain.”
Boukje – the Social Innovator (and friend) from the Netherlands (who was also kind enough to let me stay at her place in Athens for 2 weeks)