Lighter living is easier than you think

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There are a thousand reasons not to make your dreams come true, but you only need one good reason to do it.

A couple of weeks ago, I thought I was burning out. Everything I did went so laboriously, I was incredibly tired and couldn’t write anymore and my 26 children (there’s four of them, but it felt like 26) were so active and my boyfriend was away a lot, and then I read about a TV host being burnt-out and I thought: that’s me.

But it turned out OK. I deleted all social apps from my phone and turned off e-mail. I went to bed a bit earlier, ran and practiced yoga and read books, and all of that helped. And I worked less hard. Then it became spring, which also helped a lot.

But something else happened.

Happinez magazine asked me to interview modern hippies, people who live their life a bit differently. People who –that was the main similarity between their stories – make their dreams come true. I had to drag myself to the interviews, but as soon as I met the interviewees, everything changed.

Even though they all live different lives and have different dreams, they all believed in a life lived lightly. A life in which everything is possible. Or maybe not everything, but much more than we think. And a life that will co-operate with you, if you follow your dreams, no matter which path you choose. It was idealistic, you might call it naïve. But it made me feel better.

My boyfriend and I once conceived the idea of making a big trip together with the children, in a camping van. Lately, the dream had been sidelined. Everyone said it was impossible. Because how would we do that, with the children? With work? Money? Our house? Everything? For every adventurous step you want to take, you can come up with at least a thousand reasons not to do it. But after doing these interviews, I realized again. There may be a thousand reasons not to do something, but you only need one good reason to do it. And then it might be possible.

We bought the camping van.

Text: Pauline Bijster - Photo: Biel Morro