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  • Publisert: 03.07.2018, 13:37
  • Kategori: Hverdag
  • Wherever you are - be truly there

     

     

    When I came back from a semester of studying in Nicaragua, one of the poorest countries in Latin America, I came back home to Norway with so much more experience and knowledge. I had this strong connection with understanding our culture and unnecessary waste of resources. How almost everyone, no matter the income, had a house filled with stuff. Including myself. Stuff. Stuff that would rarely be touched and eventually be thrown out - only to buy something new that would never be used. I got this great understanding, a strong connection for why happiness was not defined by things. Neither money.  

     

    The first week of my stay in Nicaragua someone stole all my make up.. Everything. The whole bag! The funniest part? It was no make-up stores around, so I didn't have the possibility to buy new! Therefor, I ended up not being able to put make up on my face for the whole semester. What a cliche! But for me it was a big struggle at the time. I have never had a smooth skin which has always been my biggest struggle. Make up was super important for my wellbeing.

     

    - At least I thought!

     

    It didn't take me long before I realized that people didn't really noticed my imperfections. People looked at me the same way and "the not wearing make-up" didn't make me feel "less pretty". It eventually just made me feel lighter, purer.. It made me feel things that was more important - probably because I didn't constantly worry about how I looked. It released me from a lot of unnecessary behaviors. It felt good! 

     

     

    To Nicaragua we only brought a backpack with the most necessary stuff. The only new clothes we could buy was from used stores (if we didn't travel far away). Clothes that was absolutely perfect! It was always a treasure hunt! I truly miss those little stores - and all the vegetarian hostels with so much great vegan food.

    Cause YES, it was here my love for food and the understanding of how it not only gives you a satisfaction - but also fulfilling you with all that you need to be healthy and alive. With a lot of vegetarian options and new vegan friends I slowly started to be aware of what food meant to both my body and the environment. Knowing that where I was living in the moment, food was a mager issue for many.

     

    How could we eat ourself to death on foods that where bad for us when some people didn't even have healthy options? Some didn't even have enough money for food! 

     

    When I came home I only wanted ecologic food and refused to eat anything else. Though I slowly was forces not to, due to its expensiveness and lack of options (this was almost 7 years ago). Yet, two months later I started studying my bachelor in nutrition. I needed to know more!

     

    I remember clearly the day I met my best friend after coming home from Nicaragua - telling her all my epiphanies. That now, coming back from this lifestyle, I wanted to keep living the same way. That I was scarred I would eventually become my old me again. I guess I feared it more then I followed my wish, cause I eventually did. I became "myself" again. The lightness and joyful way of living went away while the daily struggles and distant from life itself came back while I was again desperately trying to fit into this society. Unknowingly. Buying new clothes, not caring about the impacts of my own actions, making up my face to cover what I feared the most. My imperfections. So egocentric. 

     

     

    Well, luckily I slowly changed into better. Again. Though I I think I still have a long way to go to live the way I think is right for both myself and this beautiful planet. My epiphanies becomes stronger every time I connect with nature. I dont need to travel far away to see the world, to then realize how lucky I am - how much more grateful I should be. I can still feel it, with just a little break from the pressure of society. 

    For me, nature truly helps me to stay strong. To become stronger. Less vulnerable. More careless of others opinion. More aware of what I want and not for what people wants from me. I just need to listen carefully as I walk through the beauty of this world as my inner voice gets loader. 

     

    I will become more materialistic 

     

    I will become even more grateful

     

    I will start being more in the now

     

    I will start loving more deeply - all that I love

     

    I will stop fearing & start following my dreams, and I won't stop

     

     

    What do you wish for in life? 

     

     

    henriettethorkildsen
  • Publisert: 03.07.2018, 13:37
  • Kategori: Hverdag
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  • 2 comments

    Kaja Borgersen

    03.07.2018 kl.14:17

    OMG ynene dine! De var fine! <3

    Gjerne sjekk ut smykkene jeg lager :-)

    Henriette Thorkildsen

    05.07.2018 kl.23:05

    Kaja Borgersen: Tusen takk for det ! <3
    Smykkene dine er kjempe fine - st p!

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