Personal growth, that sounds positive. And in the end it is, but it doesn’t happen by itself. You come across yourself at the most unexpected moments. Travelling a lot and taking very little moments of rest was one of those things I personally experienced in the beginning. How you subsequently deal with this and what lessons you learn from it, requires a lot of self-knowledge and reflection. Something I would probably have applied much less if we had stayed in the Netherlands. In addition, you look at the world from a different perspective. It may sounds like a cliché, but it actually happens by itself. Not far from us people live packed in extremely outdated buildings, not to mention the homeless people in the city center and the still relatively low average wage of educated workers of €600 per month. I hereby commit myself to elaborate more around this topic in my next blog.
To those people who say: ‘It’s quite a challenge and couldn’t do it, because you leave a lot behind’ I would like to say: do it! It’s probably a bit out of your comfort zone, but that’s where personal growth often starts. It is also a wonderful lesson to appreciate what you have or where you come from. The Dutch band ‘De Dijk’ sums this up nicely in their song ‘When she’s not there’. In the sentence: ‘But only when she’s not there, a man knows what he’s missing’, strikes the right chord. Lisa has been close enough to me lately, so I didn’t necessarily miss her, but it’s mainly about appreciating things when you don’t have them at your fingertips anymore. For example, the Dutch order, cozy restaurants and sometimes even the Dutch weather!