Inspiring people

Since I was a little fed up with the world the past couple of days (although the D4 ladies totally managed to help me forget all my troubles) I bought some silly magazines to read about silly things so I could take a rest from everything that’s going on. You know, magazines like Glamour and Elle. I also bought a magazine called JAN and in the category ‘magazines I hardly ever read’ this one is definitely in the section ‘magazines I really, really hardly ever read’. Anyway, that’s all beside the point, because sometimes there’s suddenly stuff in there that’s actually worth reading.

In JAN I read this interview with a beautiful lady called Noa Lodeizen (who is actually the sister of the Dutch actress Rifka Lodeizen, who I like just because of her name even though her name is spelled with ‘f’ and mine with ‘v’), who runs Young in Prison. I always love reading about people who do good for the world and what I really like here is not only what she does (creative workshops for kids who get thrown in prison at a very young age) but her way of life. She doesn’t work to get rich, she does something because of her ideals and views on life, because she believes in something. And although many people call themselves idealists, few people really are. From what I’ve read about her now, I believe she does fit the profile. It’s not just one cause she believes in, it’s in her system, it’s her way of life. It is very inspiring. I consider myself an idealist and I do believe I’m on the right track, but at the end of the day I still haven’t placed energy-efficient lamps in my home (I did have them in my previous home, but I just haven’t gotten around to it since I moved), I still eat fish and I still buy non-fairtrade products. And that’s only a few things I wish I would do differently. I do believe in the slogan ‘een betere wereld begint bij jezelf’ (a better world starts with you) and that anything you do to make the world a better place, however small, is enough. I can be proud of the fact that I don’t eat meat, I always turn off the lights, I don’t have a car and I’m almost always friendly to strangers. So I still haven’t made major contributions to the world but reading about a woman like Noa Lodeizen is great inspiration and a good reminder to never forget which way is the way forward for me.

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