This interview from the Human film project, manages to be heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. Never have I seen such insight, humility and no-nonsense attitude from a human, let alone a politician. A humble background and 7 years of solitary confinement should be politics pre-requisites.
Here are a few amazing quotes, watch the full video for more:
Either you’re happy with very little, free from all that extra luggage,
because you have happiness inside,
or you don’t get anywhere.
I was lucky enough to stumble upon Alpselerator – a start up accelerator week in the French Alps organised by the action-hungry, inspiring and well-connected Jack and Linda from Dream Valley Projects.
The week was unstructured and made up of a great mix of co-working, co-walking, bouncing ideas off each other and (of course) a whole lot of cheese.
Being around this group of techy entrepreneurs gave rise to many conversations about the apps and online tools that make life easier, more organised and above all more purposeful.
It’s been a crazy, crazy month.
Two weeks of holiday and hanging out on the Gili Islands unexpectedly turned into a month in the UK dealing with the death of Gayle’s mum, the last days of Gayle’s nana, grief, funerals, house clearing, family get-togethers, British beach walks in spring, sorely needed, beautifully deep reconnection, countless sweet tender moments brought about by unearthed little memories and the sense of realness and presence that comes about in times of great distress.
Thanks to this last month I’ve brought back a few snippets of advice for myself which I’d like to share in case anyone else finds them helpful and also so friends can hold me to them:
You have to love Twitter! And you have to love the Australian spirit even more.
Sydney people have been responding in droves to the fear and resulting racism that the current hostage situation has brought about.
The hashtag I’ll ride with you (#Illridewithyou) is positively teeming with activity on Twitter with everyone offering company for anyone wearing religious attire in public. People are posting about sticking together, support, community and generally being empowered instead of cowering in fear.
I was thinking this morning, just after I shared a post, that Humans of New York is a deeper version of The Sartorialist. One that delves a little further than what meets the eye. What is it that fascinates us so much in other people? Do we see parts of us, do we see our potential, what we could have been?
On my way back from this morning’s meditation I met Vincent – a Valletta upholsterer working in his little workshop. Fascinated as I was in his trade, he took the time to show me his sewing machine, talk me through the difficulties of his current upholstery task and let me peek into the insides of an old sofa he restored while he explained how the springs are tied to straps and filled in with ‘haxixa’ and covered in sack cloth. He showed me photos of his beautiful handiwork.
“A man who procrastinates in his CHOOSING will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance. So if you now number yourself among the disenchanted, then you have no choice but to accept things as they are, or to seriously seek something else…
…it is not necessary to accept the choices handed down to you by life as you know it. There is more to it than that – no one HAS to do something he doesn’t want to do for the rest of his life.”
Hunter S Thompson
Sooooo on this note I have finally handed in my notice at work. It’s not that I’m unhappy, it’s just that I know that there is more to the world and I must see it. January should see me travelling to the other side of the globe in search of experiences and the chance to live on my own terms rather than work’s.
It’s exciting, terrifying, happy, sad, prodding and numbing all at the very same time. I hope I have the mettle to steer my own ship as well as sail with the winds a little and see where that takes me. I only know I am definitely in for the ride. Will keep you posted xxxx