Global Citizens

Picture: Michel Porro

Picture: Michel Porro

I think everybody's digital media timelines exploded last week with politics, black peet, healthcare and refugee issues, but it was also a year ago the attacks in Paris happened. Sensitive topics, but since the subject came up a couple of times last week I decided to write this.

I always try to move around without judgement and borders. I believe, and a lot of friends with me, that we are not just Dutch, American, Kenyan, French or whatever country we are from. We are citizens of the world; global citizens.

I have friends who spend their entire year saving refugees and travelled from Lebanon to Lesbos or vice versa. And I have friends living in Kenya and who wake up and try to make a difference and to save lives every day. 

And even close to home there are so many people who do good things or help others everyday. We move around and look at the world as our dance floor. We travel the world, business and pleasure, and we see ourselves more and more as these global citizens. Holland is where our home is, but more and more we have our home away from home, where we also feel at home, welcome and secure.

Due to digital media our world became much bigger then before and makes it so easy to reach out, to give your opinion or to just commend on things. 

Hard, unfundemental and judgemental.... watching what others might have and we don't.

And that makes people angry... maybe it is time to turn this around. Count your blessings, see everything you do have. What an amazing country we live in and that our possibilities are endless.

Earlier this year at Ibiza I re-read the book of Paul Fentener van Vlissingen (ondernemers zijn ezels) and there he wrote;

Your chances in life completely depend on the place, time and situation you are born in.

We are the lucky ones; let's open our eyes to see that. Let's be real global citizens and live as one!