Where I am from
I was born in the 1970s and have lived most of my life in the rural part of The Netherlands, close to the border with Germany. As a result, I was heavily influenced by the German language and culture.
Environmentalism and hospitality
Living at the countryside, I was made aware of environmental issues at a young age even before it reached mainstream consciousness in my own country. I started to buy my school supplies in Germany because they were made of recycled paper. I loved anything that had to do with nature and animals.
I also inherited the love for cooking and baking from the German side of my family. Whenever we visited relatives, we were treated with home made pastries and dinners cooked from scratch.
I took all of this for granted when I moved to the city for my college education. During my time at the university I converted to Christianity. In university we were taught to accept the model that fits the data best, and for me that way of thinking ultimately led me to reluctantly enter into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. I am glad I made the decision. I haven’t regretted it for one moment.
Since stewardship is a big thing in Christianity in general and Roman Catholicism in particular, it also was an experience where everything came full circle. All the pieces of life’s puzzle suddenly fit together.
I hope that what I write is useful for others so that together, we can leave the world better than how we found it when we were born.