Who am I?
Good question. I am not sure I have a good answer to that yet, and probably I will never have.
But I have some clues. And I will try and put some keywords to it to open the door to pick into my brain.
But , since I am a lot of different things (isn’t everyone?) , I decided not to restrict myself to just one blog post. This is the first, and will address the first aspect of my life and what made me into it
Nature lover . Explorer . Adventurer.
These three definitely are so intertwined that it is nearly impossible to disentangle them.
I owe it to my parents, both. In their own very different ways they taught me how to care for nature. It helped that my father lives in the beautiful countryside, and organic agriculture is something that has been engraved in my brain since I can remember. My mother always took me to the mountains and she taught me the respect for them, for nature surrounding them, to appreciate their beauty. Yes. And we travelled to the mountains more often than not in less than comfortable trips, with stressful connections, trains and buses, always with public transport. So I learnt the joys and pains of slow travels, connecting you to your destination more than just simply jumping on a car and hopping off in front of a hotel. Okay, I have been taking a lot of planes (thanks again to my father being a flight commander before retiring to the countryside) and travelled to many places in tow of my adventurer mother who even took me to Australia when I was only 5. And yes , I might not remember much of the trip, but I do remember enough - perhaps that’s where I became a marine biologist, dragging my mother to see all of the aquariums (and I still remember them!).
Although my love for the sea also come from going sailing every single summer (until I became an adult and have been less able to take such long summer holidays....) with my dad. Snorkelling, keeping a diary of all of the fish I encountered and swimming in Crystal clear waters.. and loving being powered only by the winds. This plus his stories of diving in African waters were the mould for what I became.
If I am an adventurer and traveller and sporty person who loves the great outdoors and knows (or tries) to adapt in any situation I am also having to be thankful to my scout companions who instilled in me the love for simplicity. A campfire and a guitar - all you need to make me happy. Add a starry sky on top and I will be in heaven. And I learnt to adapt. Cold nights sleeping in tents, sometimes sleeping just under the sky. I learnt to go a week without showering and then jumping into a public fountain in the middle of nowhere and learning to appreciate the small little things in life.
I also owe a lot to my adventure companions during my university years in England - surf trips, mountainboarding, camping, skating everywhere. Learning that what makes you is not your appearance but your behaviour.
So yes, all in all if I am who I am is certainly merit of many characters that have entered my life. Now, I have incorporated it all into my unique self and this is just an aspect of my complex persona. One that hopes to inspire others to take a look outside their front door and see a world of possibilities, and join my cause to protect it.
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