I am a 23 year old male, an economics student, down to earth and born in The Netherlands.
As a 23 year old I suffer from the common modesty of youth on the Listserve and I don’t know what to talk about.
I feel that the only thing larger than the amount of things I don’t know is my curiosity.
Every time I learn something new, whether it is a scientific fact, whether it is someone’s emotions or my own new experiences, I can grow as a person. For me learning and spreading knowledge is something I am passionate about.
Last year has been full of experiences, with studying hard, meeting my wonderful girlfriend, parents divorcing, myself moving to a different city and having a friend of mine diagnosed with cancer. I see everything life throws at me and I learn from it.
People are resilient and people are wonderful. I care for the people around me and I learn something new every day.
Please write to me with anything, questions, stories from around to world, I would love to hear from you, new stuff to learn!
I would never have thought I would end with a poem, but it struck me watching a movie (I love movies!) the other night and it fits me very well:
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
for my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
my head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
looms but the Horror of the shade,
and yet the menace of the years
finds, and shall find me, unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
how charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
(Invictus, William Ernest Henley)
I am grateful for my life and the chances I have had. More and more I realize that as a white male, born in Western Europe, in a higher education I have the maximum amount of opportunities one could possible wish for.
Even though this may help me to achieve a lot by normal standards of society, I must not forget that which is most important in life. To have people around you who love you and to take this love, multiply it a thousandfold and return it to them.
PS: The writing of this was a whole new experience, I enjoyed every second of it.
Rotterdam, The Netherlands