Life philosophies of people we met along our journey
“Be myself, do what I like to do. I like keep things simple and easy enough.” Darko (35), Slovenia
“Being active is living.”
Mira (24), Finland (met in Slovenia)
“I live my life, because it is a precious gift. Nothing in the world is more precious than life. Every momment, anywhere.”
Vid (32), Slovenia
„Life is a journey, not a destination.“
Luisa (32), Italy
“Make love, not war.”
Silvana (63), Italy
“From 1.000 kilometers travelled you can learn more than from reading 10.000 pages.” Svetlana (42), Moldavia (met in Italy)
“Follow the river. Let things happen.”
Damiana (51), Italy
“Be good to others and good things come back to you”; “Appreciate the little things in life, this is the recipe for happiness, because the many little good things will add up for a big happiness.”
Rosa (61), Italy
“Don’t take anything personal!”
Eva (25), Germany (met in Greece)
„Thinking about the past you become sad, thinking about the future you get worried – live now and think only about now!“
Christos (23), Greece
„Less is more. Simplicity is the essence of life.“
Lambros (34), Greece
„Life is too short not to enjoy it!“
Aline (26), France (met in Greece)
“Small life, happy life.” This means especially that it is not important to accumulate money; “Try to be happy no matter under which circumstances.”
Engin (30), Turkey
“It doesn’t matter what you do, the most important thing is that you are happy from what you do.”
Onur (29), Turkey
“There is no tomorrow.”
Çemil (26), Turkey
“You are guilty because of the bad things you did. But you are also guilty because of the good things you didn’t do.”
Kaya (31), Turkey
“Be happy, be kind”
Jim (29), Great Britain (met in Turkey)
“Do what you want to do in life not what you think you have to”
Rose (29), Great Britain (met in Turkey)
“If you want to do it, you can do it.”
Nihan (26), Turkey
“Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace
You, you may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world“ (Songtext “Imagine” by John Lennon)
Ahmet (30), Turkey
“Education and science are important”
Fatoș (27), Turkey
“I believed that people were my friends, but my real friend is the earth”
Șengül (30), Turkey
“Honesty is not a virtue but an obligation.”
Mehdi (30), Iran
“Living is about learning. Anything can become interesting if you dig deep enough.” Diana (27), Colombia (met in Iran)
“Of course you have the right to show some weaknesses in some points, but don’t give up! As Sammuel Beckett says: ‘Ever tried, ever failed. No matter! try again, fail again, fail better’ Hamid (23), Iran
“Either I’ll find a way, or i’ll make a way.”
Masi (27), Iran
“Live life to the fullest keeping a positive attitude towards people and things, doing things that are true, honest, noble and upright. Sometimes we may have to go against what society teaches and promotes and stand up for what is right.”
Mehdi (22), Iran
“Live and let live”
Parisa (25), Iran
“Past is experience, Present is experiment, Future is expectations! So use your experience in your experiment to achieve your expectations!”
Rahima (34), Uzbekistan
“Allah is the greatest. God gave us everything only we should know how to use them.” Ahmad (18), Uzbekistan
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.“
Umar (34), Kyrgyzstan
“What does a man need – really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in – and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That’s all – in the material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade.
The years thunder by, The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.
Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?” (Sterling Hayden)
Tyler (34), USA (met in Kyrgyzstan)
“We always deserve better. Follow what is calling you!”
Alexej (27), Kazakhstan
“Life is a road”
Eugene (45), Russia
“The world is my country. The people are my brothers and sisters and doing good things is my religion.”
“If I don’t like something and if I don’t enjoy it, I quit doing it and find something else. I can always stop whatever I don’t like. I try to enjoy whatever I do. I appreciate an easy, normal life without any luxury things.”
“People are not like puzzle pieces – they don’t fit together perfectly. That is why communication is important and shall never stop. Communication – even a simple hello – helps to weaken conflicts and to solve them.”
Dawid (34), Poland (met in China)
„Work to live and don’t live to work. That means working less to enjoy life more!“
Sara (24), France (met in Vietnam)
“To travel is to live” (Hans Christian Andersen)
“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do!”
Thu (22), Vietnam
„Learn as though you live forever. Live as though you die tomorrow.“
„Life is short – so live it wild.“
Dale (68), U.K. (met in Thailand)
A dream is the first step towards a project, and a project is a section of the path of life.
Olga (37), Spain (met in Thailand)
Traveller, there is no path. A path is made by walking. (Joan Serrat)
Olga (37), Spain (met in Thailand)
„Always do your best!“
Sunee (57), Thailand
„If you help others, you will be happy!“
Sawang (58), Thailand
„Forget plan B!“( meaning: If plan A is your dream, follow it!)
Tiago (34), Brazil (met in Thailand)
“Live is too serious to take it seriously.”
Prayoon (68), Thailand
“Love yourself – once you love yourself, everthing is achievable, everything is so positive and you are not let down by what others say.”
Jeffrey (44), Malaysia
“If you wish, you will succeed.”
Si tu veux faire quelque chose, tu trouves toujours des moyens.
“If you really want to do something, you will always find a way.”
Xinhan (31), China (met in Singapore)
“Don’t postpone something until later which you wish to do now.”
Ne repousse pas à plustard quelque chose que tu veux faire maintenant.
Emilien (32), France (met in Singapore)
“The depth of a friendship is not determined by how long you know a person, but by the connection of the souls.”
Patricia (47), Germany (met in Singapore)
“Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing is so gentle as real strength.”
Dennis (38), Australia
“Everybody has shit. Some people drown in their shit. Some people use their shit as compost and grow a flower. How will you deal with yours?”
James (27) Australia
“Life is like riding a bicycle, in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving” (Albert Einstein)
“Be the change you want to see in the world” (Ghandi)
Lia (58), the Netherlands (met in Australia)
“The answer is the question.”
Graeme (61), Australia
“Life is not about finding yourself. It is about creating yourself.”
Sandy (47), Australia
“Life is too short. Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
Ross (31), USA (met in Australia)
“No lives have been lost.” (meaning: often there is no reason to panic, stay calm.)
“We don’t see thing how they are, we see them how we are.”
“The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice.”
Donnalee (49), Australia
“FEAR = False Expectations Appearing Real”
Pete (53), Australia
“Focus on the doughnut, not on the hole.”
Kim (45), Australia
“Don’t be sad that it’s over, be glad that it happened.”
Jacqui (50), Australia
“If you never go, you will never know.”
Jacqui (50), Australia
“There are no strangers here; only friends who have not yet met.” (W.B. Yeats, 1865-1939)
Dorothy (57), Australia
Why do we calculate all the (environmental) models, if we only watch them happen in the end.
Anna (39), United Kingdom (met in Australia)
“Make the most out of every day – life is short.”
Heather (55), New Zealand
“No man can discover new oceans unless he has the courage to loose sight of the shoreline.”(André Gide)
Reyner (26), New Zealand
“Give without thinking, receive without forgetting.”
Matt (29), New Zealand
“Those who would surrender freedom in order to gain security will end up losing both”.(Benjamin Franklin)
Alice (19), Germany (met in New Zealand)
“Never stop to be curious! Question, explore, try, undergo adventures and challenge yourself!”
Saskia (29), Germany (met in New Zealand)
“When you travel in a car, it is like watching a movie. If you travel on a bicycle, it is like being in the movie.”
Kaye (63), New Zealand
“The more you experience, the more you become.”
Brett (30), New Zealand
“You may not be remembered for all assets you have acquired, but for the attitude you bring to your life.”
Lawrie (66), New Zealand
More life philosophies and wisdoms
Don’t let it get you down. Be bold and wild and wonderful.
The biggest pleasure is to do those things, where other people say you won’t be able to do them.
The safest place for a ship is the harbour. However, this is not what ships are built for.
(William G.T. Shedd)
Every end is the chance for something better.
It doesn’t matter who you are, but who you would like to be.
Even the stones placed in one’s path can be made into something beautiful.
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
Finish with the past. Be happy with the present and be open for what there is to come.
Life is beautiful. No one ever said it was easy.
Every dark night has a light end.
Close your eyes and put your hand to your heart, you will hear the sounds of hearts beating all across the world. They are the same heart.
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness; and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in our little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.
Anywhere is walking distance, if you’ve got the time.
Joy is not in things, it is in us.
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.
It is not flesh and blood, but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.
(Friedrich von Schiller)
Take time to recharge your batteries. Rest is important.
Silence is a necessity, not a negative.
You are not learning anything, when you are talking.
We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do.
Be realistic. Plan for a miracle.
Never miss an opportunity to give encouragement.
Feel yourself being quietly drawn by the deeper pull of what you truly love.
Remember, day by day, to scatter seeds of kindness as you pass along the way.
(Ella Wheeler Wilcox)
Whatever difficulties you have had in the past, you can make a fresh start today.
Keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life.
Greet each day with your eyes open to beauty, your mind open to change, and your heart open to love.
If you are in search for the greatest treasure, don’t look outside, look within.
This is your life. Do what you love and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t like your job, quit. If you don’t have enough time, then stop watching TV. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love. Stop over analyzing, life is simple. All emotions are beautiful. When you eat, appreciate every last bite. Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people, we are united in our differences. Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them. Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself. Some opportunities only come once, seize them. Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them, so go out and start creating. Life is short. Live your dream and share your passion.
(Dave, Mike & Fabian – Holstee poster)
You can’t change the past, but you can change the way you view it.
Great people are those who can make others feel that they too can become great.
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.
Act as if what you do makes a difference, it does.
Do what you love.
For everything you have missed, you have gained something else.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
The road to a friend’s house is never long.
A single rose can be my garden, a single friend, my world.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
Turn your face to the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
(Helen Adams Keller)
We don’t stop laughing, because we grow old. We grow old, because we stop laughing.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that
you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
The art of living is the passionate devotion to enjoy the moment – as if it lasted an eternity.
Lebenskunst ist die leidenschaftliche Hingabe in den Genuss des Augenblicks – als dauerte er eine Ewigkeit.
As long as you are not in peace with the person who you are, you will never be satisfied with what you are.
I enjoy and live the today – what comes tomorrow remains to be seen.
Ich genieße und lebe das Heute – was morgen kommt, wird sich schon zeigen.
(Lara Joy Körner)
The shortest way to yourself is leading you around the world.
(Hermann Keyserling, 1880-1946)
Smiling is the most elegant way to show your enemy your teeth.
Lächeln ist die eleganteste Art seinem Gegner die Zähne zu zeigen.
To see a friend, no detour is too far.
Don’t call yourself poor, because your dreams didn’t come true; really poor are only those who have never dreamt.
Nenne dich nicht arm, weil deine Träume nicht in Erfüllung gegangen sind; wirklich arm ist nur, wer nie geträumt hat.
(Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)
We often are so busy to fight our way through the brushwood, that we don’t even realize if we are in the wrong jungle.
Wir sind oft zu sehr damit beschäftigt, uns durchs Unterholz zu kämpfen, dass wir nicht einmal bemerken, wenn wir im falschen Dschungel sind.
I can’t change the world, but I can change a single person: myself.
Those mountains, that are the most difficult to overcome in life, they are also only made out of little grains of sand.
As long as we dream, we live.
(Suzanne von Borsody)
Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
Without tears the soul doesn’t have a rainbow.
If I don’t have to get up, I stay in bed.
The world is full of little delights – the art consists in seeing them.
Even a journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step.
The beauty of the things lives in the soul of the person who examines them.
Die Schönheit der Dinge lebt in der Seele dessen, der sie betrachtet.
No life can contain all possibilities, because each choice prevents the other possibilities.
We are angels with only one wing, if we want to fly we have to embrace each other.
(Luciano de Crescenzo)
Love is the only thing that doesn’t decrease if we share it.
When one door towards happiness closes, another door opens! But we stand still and stare at the closed door for such a long time that we don’t notice the other door that has already opened for us.
Don’t let the clouds of tomorrow darken your sky of today. Most of these clouds dissolve by themselves before they even reach you. And you can solve out the other clouds when they arrive.
Lass dir den Himmel von heute nicht verdunkeln durch die Wolken von morgen. Die meisten von ihnen lösen sich von selber auf, bevor sie dich überhaupt erreicht haben. Und die restlichen löst du, wenn sie da sind.
Beautiful is actually everything that you examine with love.
You should not forget to see the world with the eyes of a child.
It blocks lust for life to already think about arriving while you are still walking.
A smile often is the essential.
Life is short, but a smile is just the effort of one second.
Every smile increases happiness on earth.
Who starts the day with a smile, has already won that day.
We don’t have to continue to live as we have lived yesterday. If we disconnect from this view, then thousand possibilities invite us to new living.
Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
(Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)
Doing nothing is only fun, if you actually would have a great deal to do.
Trust is the feeling to believe another person even if you know that – if you were him – you would lie in place of him.
Vertrauen ist das Gefühl, einem Menschen sogar dann glauben zu können, wenn man weiß, dass man an seiner Stelle lügen würde.
(Henry Louis Mencken)
A good friend is like a mirror.
There is no friend whom you couldn’t learn from.
A friendly word doesn’t cost anything and still is the most beautiful of all presents.
You fit into the place that you long for.
The freedom of the humans doesn’t consist of doing what you like, but in not having to do what you don’t like.
To be natural is the most difficult pose that you can strike.
If life gives you a lemon, make lemonade out of it.
Happiness is the only thing that doubles if you share it.
The real art of living consists of seeing the miraculousness in the everyday life.
(Pearl S. Buck)
You can only see well with your heart. The essential is invisible for the eyes.
On ne voit bien qu´avec le coeur. L´essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.
(A. de Saint- Exupéry)
A smiles rarely stays alone.
Not the person who falls is a loser, but the person who stays on the ground.
Nicht der ist ein Verlierer, der hinfällt, sondern der, der liegen bleibt.
Who non-stop rushes around, doesn’t see the signs of happiness.
Wer non-stop durch die Gegend rast, überfährt die Zeichen des Glücks.
Not the beauty decides whom we will love, but love decides whom we will find beautiful.
When you lift your view, you don’t see borders anymore.
Hebt man den Blick, so sieht man keine Grenzen.
The sun can mirror in a tear as well.
You only need little to be happy.
(Marc Aurel, Roman Emperor, 161-180 A.C.)
The more quiet you are, the more you can hear.
Through passion that’s how the human lives.
(Nicolas Sébastien Roch de Chamfort, French dramatist, 1741-1794)
The highest perfection of the soul is the capability to be joyful.
(Luc de Chapier Vauvenargues, French philosopher, 1715-1747)
Desire lets all things blossom.
(Marcel Proust, French writer, 1871-1922)
Travelling is the desire for life.
(Kurt Tucholsky, 1890-1935)
Don’t break away from your illusions. When they disappear, you will continue to exist, but you will cease to live.
Happiness is only enjoyable to the fullest, if another person is happy with you.
(Mark Twain, U.S. writer, 1835-1910)
And especially by making a mistake, you sometimes find the right way.
Who smiles instead of roaring up, is always the stronger one.
It is not little time that we have, but a lot of time that we don’t use.
To feel happy, without luck, that is happiness.
Who fights, can loose, who doesn’t fight, has already lost.
A real friend adds more happiness to our life than a thousand enemies to our misfortune.
(Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, German writer)
A friend is someone who knows that you need him right now.
(Oscar Wilde, Irish-British writer, 1854-1900)
As necessary as friendship is nothing in life.
(Aristoteles, Greek philosopher, 384-322 v. Ch.)
Life needs all the fantasy that exists.
(Dr. Manfred Heinrich, German philosopher)
Fantasy is the trail balloon that you can fly the highest.
Fantasie ist der Versuchsballon, den man am allerhöchsten steigen lassen kann.
(Lauren Bacall, U.S. actress, 1924)
Art cleans the soul from the dust of everyday life.
Kunst wäscht den Staub des Alltags von der Seele.
(Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter/sculptor, 1885-1973)
What would life be like, if we didn’t have the courage to risk something?
(Vincent van Goch, Dutch artist, 1856-1890)
Docile birds sing about freedom, wild birds fly.
I am always growing older, never though do I complete training.
Älter werde ich stets, niemals doch lerne ich aus.
Journeys are the best way to educate yourself.
(Karl Julius Weber, 1767-1832)
Only the outland teaches us what we hold in our home land.
(Theodor Fontane, 1819-1898)
There will always be an inuit trying to tell the Congolese how to cope with the heat wave.
(Stanislaw Jerzy Lec)
Life is too short for boredom.
Only a resting water becomes clear again.
Nur ein ruhendes Gewässer wird wieder klar.
Let’s be realistic, let’s ask for the impossible.
(Che Gue Vara)
Two things are endless: ther universive and the human stupidity. But I am not yet quite sure about the universe.
I never think about the future. It will arrive early enough.
Ich denke niemals an die Zukunft. Sie kommt früh genug.
It’s not a bad thing to fall down, only to remain lying is.
A smile is the shortest distance between two people.
(Hermann Hesse, German-Swiss writer, 1877-1962)
Taking obstacles into consideration the shortest line between two destinations might be the curved one.
The person who can always find a different way to the original plan, that’s the one who will have the highest achievement.
Der erreicht am meisten, der immer auch anders kann, als er vorhatte.
Only dead fish swim with the stream.
To be neutral, means to be dead.
The friends whom you can call at 4 a.m. In the morning – those are the ones who count.
It needs more courage to change your opinion than sticking to it.
Stay as you are, change every day.
You rarely know what luck is, but you know what luck was.
The world is round, and sometimes something that seems to be the end in reality is just a beginning.
Die Welt ist rund, und was manchmal wie das Ende erscheint, ist in Wirklichkeit ein Anfang,
Friendship doesn’t know about enforcement.
Life is not a dress rehearsal.
Das Leben ist keine Generalprobe.
There is no moment in our life, when it would not be possible to choose a new path.
(Charles de Foucault)
It is less the help of the friends, that helps us, but more the belief that they will do it.
Shared happiness is double happiness. Shared pain is half the pain.
The greatest thing about friendship is not the supporting hand, the smile or the human contact, but the feeling, to have someone who believes in me and who trusts me.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Let’s enjoy life as long as we don’t understand it.
A day without a smile is a lost day.
One doesn’t travel to arrive, but to travel.
To the happy person the world appears happy as well.
Dem Heitern erscheint die Welt auch heiter.
Every one creates their own luck. Happiness is a choice.
Jeder ist seines Glückes Schmied.
The heart has it’s reasons of which reason knows nothing.
The value of a human life is not determined by its length, but by its depth.
The existence is exquisite, one just needs the courage to live their own life.
After the tears the smile comes like the first sunbeam after the rain.
True perfection has to be imperfect.
It is difficult to find joy in ourselves, but it is impossible to find it elsewhere.
Why worry, there should be laughter after the pain
There should be sunshine after rain
These things have always been the same
So why worry now […]
(Dire Straits – Why worry)
If you think that you can do it or that you cannot do it, either way you will be right.
I didn’t fail. With success I found ten thousand ways that didn’t lead to a result.
(Thomas Alva Edison)
I wish you the tranquility to accept the things that you cannot change;
the courage to change the things that you can change;
and the wisdom to distinguish between the two.
You can only see well with your heart. The essential is invisible for the eyes.
Adieu, dit le renard. Voici mon secret. Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.
Only if you accept that you have to die, that’s the only way that you can live.
Ce pour quoi tu acceptes de mourir, c’est cela seul dont tu peux vivre.
The real wonders make little noise. The things that really count cannot be seen.
Les vrais miracles font peu de bruit. Ce qui est important, ça ne se voit pas.
What creates the beauty of the things, is not visible.
Ce qui fait la beauté des choses est invisible.
It is a lot more difficult to judge yourself than to judge others. If you are successful to judge yourself, then you really are a wise person.
Il est bien plus difficile de se juger soi-même que de juger autrui. Si tu réussis à bien te juger, c’est que tu es un véritable sage.
Water is not only necessary to live, it is life.
L’eau n’est pas nécessaire à la vie, elle est la vie.
People have a lack of phantasie. They just repeat what they are told.
Les hommes manquent d’imagination. Ils répètent ce qu’on leur dit.
The sadness will fly away with the wings of time.
He lost an hour in the morning and wasted the rest of the day searching for it.
Er verlor am Morgen eine Stunde und vergeudete den Rest des Tages damit sie zu suchen.
Who can know what a certain moment in life is followed by.
Wer kann wissen was sich alles an einen Lebenspunkt anschließt.
The first step is part of the path as well.
The mind contains all possibilities.
Luck doesn’t mean to do what you like, but to like what you do.
Don’t say everything you know, but always know what you are saying.
A good, noble person who has lived with us, cannot be taken from us; he leaves a trace behind – like these extinct stars whose picture can be seen by terrestrials after several centuries.
Ein guter, edler Mensch, der mit uns gelebt, kann uns nicht genommen werden; er lässt eine Spur zurück gleich jenen erloschenen Sternen, deren Bild nach Jahrhunderten die Erdbewohner sehen.
There is one law in life: if one door closes, another will open.
The real worldly wisdom consists of seeing the miraculousness in everyday occurences.
You will never arrive somewhere, if you don’t leave.
No door will be opened for you, if you don’t knock – even if you talk about it a thousand times.
What we need, to live, is little.
But we increase our requirements for happiness into the endless and complain about our misfortune.
The supposed to be impossible is often something no one has tried yet.
Only a dream can shape the future.
But my WEALTHINESS
did get lost:
the quiet leisure,
the fascination of nature,
the healing tranquility,
the contemplative seclusion,
There is no architectural rules to build castles in the air.
(Gilbert Keith Chesterton)
One has to find one’s dream, then the path becomes an easy one.
Hopes and dreams are the motor of life.
It’s the aurora whose shininess is enchanting again and again.
Nothing happens without a first dream.
Don’t be afraid to move forward slowly. Only be afraid to not move at all and stand still.
(Wisdom from Hongkong)
Paths are created by walking them = By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it.
Don’t dream your life, but live your dream.
Who learns to widely unclamp the soul in the young days, may later learn how to embrace the whole world.
Wer früh seine Seele weit auszuspannen gelernt, vermag später die ganze Welt in sich zu fassen.
Some people see the things as they are and ask: why?
I dream dreams that never existed before and ask: why not?
(George Bernard Shaw)
To hold onto the past,
we sometimes use
all our energy
and both hands.
But we need
our hands for the present
and sooner or later have to
let go of the past,
if we don’t want to
risk our future.
Sometimes life is like a trainride:
you look out of the window, and would like to embrace the smell of the forests, pick the flowers that fly past you. But you sit inside the train.
If you feel like this, you should get off the train at the next stop even if your ticket has another destination written on it.
No fear to live
than continous still air
In your own way
There are hours, days, when you are in your own way like a barrier.
But you don’t move, not even one step, to let yourself through.Because you don’t see that you yourself are the barrier that stops you.
Too often do we search elsewhere for the path blocking.
Sometimes I feel like a tree
who has lost almost all his leaves.
But now I am not afraid of it anymore,
since I know
about my ability
to grow new leaves.
About your possibilities
You own a whole box of twelve different watercolours;
but if you fear the water, the colours are of little benefit to you -your life stays dry and your
DARE TO JUMP INTO THE WATER!
The world belongs to you,
to you alone,
you just have to take it.
Open your eyes and be ready for new things,
don’t let them take you into the wheel,
the wheel of society.
The wheel turns and we are turning with it.
No one can rule over you
you make the rules, you alone
no one can decide about your life
you are the person who authorises others do to that
laugh, yes, laugh, laugh loudly.
Then cry, take someone’s shoulder and cry.
Or scream, scream for real, open your arms widely and scream
Run, run as fast as you can,
until you can hear the sound of your heart beating and your breath is tumbles.
Take another way than the usual one,
stand somewhere else, wait elsewhere, eat elsewhere, sleep elsewhere –
Don’t be sad,
especially not frustrated.
Nothing exists that can take away the day – your day.
Live your love,
don’t be a slave to your habits
love your love
wild and dangerously
severely and tenderly
short and long
love her intensively,
no matter how – just love your love.
Day by day,
hour by hour,
because it is your world.
(Florian Fickel, 2002)