An ode to nature

This is my first try at putting into words something very personal. Even though it might not look personal as such, it feels that way. Sometimes deepest feelings feel more close to you than your deepest worldly secrets. So here they are. An ode to nature. About feeling lost. I read an essay by Henry David Thoreau on walking. Inspired by that piece, I tried to write something similar in my own voice. Here it is.

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The cultural laws of riding a bike

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Dutch people are born with a bike attached to them. No wonder I try to find one wherever I am. Otherwise the longing for a two-wheeler grows too strong. I’m sorry. I think it’s an addiction. Who knew that aside from the healthy benefits of riding a bike, it also gives you new insights in a city and its residents.

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What watching the World Cup can teach you

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Until last Wednesday I watched the World Cup. Great fun. Especially since I’ve found out that you can learn so many great life-lessons from it. Since ‘our’ World Cup experience has come to an end (you might know the Dutch team lost against Argentina), I figured I’d share some of those learnings with you, to pump up our spirits (no self high-fiving necessary though)!

What you can learn from watching the World Cup:

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Adventure Days

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Living each day as if it’s your last. As much as I would want to do that, it’s exhausting. You can never live every day of your life with this thought in the back of your head without going crazy. But I would like to have some regular days where I push myself a bit to live on the edge, to do something totally new. To set aside all my fears and doubts and just go.

This idea was re-awakened when Ricardo Semler told us about his terminal days, during his seminar a few weeks back. Terminal days? Yep, not the most fun title I would say. But he explained it as follows: two days a week he dedicates to live like he knows he doesn’t have that many left. Not to cross off his bucket list (he has done that already, lucky him), but to just do what he intrinsically wants to do and feels like he needs to do. Mostly this involves spending time with family and doing crazy fun stuff. What a life, right.

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How I almost lost my job

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The year 2013 just started. I was working for an e-commerce company. Not a day at the office felt like work. We had so much fun in the team and me and my peers soon became close friends. It all seemed to only get better. Until…

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Why sometimes it’s just not the time to follow your passion – yet -

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You’ve found your passion – great. But it’s important to keep facing real life. Sometimes it might be better to not start living for your passion straight away.

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Airplane stories – (Im)perfect Stranger

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‘Excuse me, mister, I think you are in my spot there, 25F?’ Never in my life have I done this. Being persistent about sitting on my own seat on an airplane. What happened after made me think I will do it again gladly, next time.

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