I love you people. Love, love, love you. Love you because you are awesome, and whenever one of you gives me a glimpse of what you do, your projects, work, lives, blogs, websites, and businesses, I’m in awe and grateful to know you. And also because you keep surprising me. Last week, I thought everyone would comment on the doing-work-you-love theme, and then only 1 out of 6 comments mentioned it. Baffled hag, and also secretly delighted hag – I love being surprised!
Thank you for being there, thank you for all the birthday wishes, and thanks for the lovely comments.
I’m off into my 45th year on this amazing planet, more in love with it than ever before. My senses are getting ever sharper, too, and by that I mean both the 5 physical senses and the “inner” ones. I get more radical in my approach to life, more particular about my own choices and more tolerant toward others. Really, much of what’s changing as I get older, manifests as a paradox:
– I realise more and more that radical positivity, love, and forgiveness truly are the only way forward. At the same time, I get more and more sharply allergic against kitsch and sentimentality. You could call it “too much unicorn dust”-syndrom (thanks for that term, Barbara!). Authentic emotions, sharing and opening up are beautiful beyond measure and so very necessary for us to heal our “stuff” and learn to love and forgive more. In contrast, “The world is horrible now and was lovely in our childhood” is a) stupid, b) untrue, and c) not helpful in any way, shape, or form.
– I love positive messages, but I’m more and more critical of what I call “false positives”. I question absolutely anything. A while ago, a picture circled on Facebook with a caption along the lines of: “People should be loved and money should be used. The reason our world is in chaos is that people are used and money is loved”. No, no, and no! First of all, the world isn’t in chaos. That’s your media brainwashing talking. Stop watching TV and reading gossip websites and the rainbow press, and instead look up and look around you: The world is full of beautiful, lovely people who are TRYING their absolute best.
Yes, there is negativity, yes, there are criminals. Some people do love money and use people. But they’re by no means the predominant force in the world. And if you stop focusing on them (throw out that TV!) and instead give your attention and energy to love and positivity, you’ll attract more of those things into the world as a consequence.
The world has its problems, but it’s not “going down the drain”. There is hunger and over-population, but there are also rivers you can drink from today, which were choking in toxic chemicals back in the 1970s. Cars are a lot cleaner these days, and more eco-friendly solutions are developed all the time.
– Another thing I’m allergic to is the “the world does not need more successful people…”. Yeah, it does! Stop blaming money for the bad things a few rich people are doing. Money’s a magnifier. If you’re a good person, you’ll be able to do more good things when you’re rich. You’ll be able to afford solar panels on your roof, the eco fridge that’s three times the price of a normal one, and you can help so many poor people through organisations like World Vision and KIVA. I know several rather wealthy people who are doing just that.