amsterdam

April 2019 – Museumplein


May I ask 30 seconds of your time as you kindly answer me this; If you could give yourself one piece of advise, 10 years ago, what would it be?

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“Oh, ok. 10 years ago? Oh, advise. This is such a difficult question. Uhm, I wish I had kids a little bit earlier you know. Because my son is only 9, and I am 37. So it is quite hard to have small kids when you are not that young. And the second would be maybe, that I should try to make myself happy and not wait until somebody else makes me happy. Try to take my life in my hands and don’t wait until your boyfriend or husband nor your father or mother makes you happy.”

Today, this moment, you are alive. Are you happy?

“Well yeah, I am happy. The weather is nice, Amsterdam is a very nice city when the weather is nice. But well, I don’t know. I live in Switzerland, so it is quite hard. But I think the weather makes a good change, so does the season. Because winter without sun is quite hard to enjoy. But today, I am happy today.”


May I ask 30 seconds of your time as you kindly answer me this; If you could give yourself one piece of advise, 10 years ago, what would it be?

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“What kind of advice? Oh man, maybe to pay attention to life and enjoy every moment. Because when I was studying in New York City for example, I didn’t enjoy all the things that mattered. That still matter. So, look at things man. That would be my advice for myself.”

Today, this moment, you are alive. Are you happy?

“I’m working on that man, but yes. I can say yes. I am happy.”


May I ask 30 seconds of your time as you kindly answer me this; If you could give yourself one piece of advise, 10 years ago, what would it be?

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“I should have done this life, the one I have now, 10 years earlier. I converted to faith after 40 years. And I always thought that I should have done that before, because it has brought me everything.
Joy, merriment and a different view of life. I found it on the streets, that faith. Someone in the streets once said to me; ‘god bless you’, as he passed me by.
I walked back and asked him; ‘do you really know what you are saying?’
And then he told me that the only thing missing was a letter from above. He carried a book with him and he gave it to me.
I think I have read it over 500 times. And that book said; from the Father of forgiveness, this father of love. And then I realised, that that was what I have missed in my life.”

Today, this moment, you are alive. Are you happy?

“We are happy, very very happy. Newly married.”
“Really..?!”
“Hahahaha no, 48 years. But yes, we are happy.”


“May I ask 30 seconds of your time as you kindly answer me this; If you could give yourself one piece of advise, 10 years ago, what would it be?”⁣

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“What the difference is to me in comparison with 10 years? It’s good. I too converted to faith through my husband. But that only happened later, that had some struggles in the beginning. But I am now, well, I stopped working 4 years ago. And it wasn’t by choice, I had to stop because the business where I was working went bankrupt. And I dreaded that. But now, I am just happy that I no longer have to do anything and that I am allowed to do everything and that I am just fine. And then from time to time you hear people from my age complain, and then I think; we must be happy that we are still healthy and alive. And be happy with what you have in life.”


“May I ask 30 seconds of your time as you kindly answer me this; If you could give yourself one piece of advise, 10 years ago, what would it be?”⁣

“Ooooh ok. Well, just enjoy life. The same way as I am doing right now. You know, enjoy. Travel. I think that’s the thing I told myself 10 years ago already. And I’m doing it right now. So I’m good, I followed my own advice.”⁣ PHOTO-2019-04-20-16-23-25 3

Today, this moment, you are alive. Are you happy?

“And I am happy, because I am doing what I want. I have a nice job, I am enjoying life. I travel and see the world. I am happy.”


May I ask 30 seconds of your time as you kindly answer me this; If you could give yourself one piece of advise, 10 years ago, what would it be?

“The one advise I would give myself 10 years ago? Think more before you make a decision. Because if you admit or say something, sometimes you can regret it.”PHOTO-2019-04-20-16-23-24

Today, this moment, you are alive. Are you happy?

“Uhm no, not really.
No, I’m not really happy now.
But that’s normal right?
You know, finding happiness.
It is really hard to find happiness.
If you think it, to be happy is something, I don’t know.
I don’t consider myself as a very happy person at the moment.”

“But do you consider yourself as an unhappy person?”
“No, no, no. I’m not unhappy either.”
“Right in the middle then?”
“Yes, that’s where I am today.”


May l ask 30 seconds of your time as you kindly answer me this; If you could give yourself one piece of advise, 10 years ago, what would it be?

“Never plan anything. Because what if your plan doesn’t come through? Just go with the flow and don’t worry too much about what is happening.”PHOTO-2019-04-20-16-23-19.jpg

Today, this moment, you are alive. Are you happy?

“Yes, very much. Uhm, I think happiness is a relate of state. If you think you are contented you are contented right? So, I’m happy because I have a lovely family. I have a good job that I like and for me this is centensend. I define this as contentment, so this is happiness for me.”


 

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