21 november 2016

Forget the money!

Two months down. Highs and lows, laughter and tears, embracing the new, letting go of what is lost. The mind tends to forget the difficulties and remembers the beauty. With a good reason behind it. As you will reflect what is inside through your outside. Your appearance and presence are a direct mirror of the feelings of the soul. It is never the universe blessing or punishing you, it is an echo of what you radiate. India, and specially Delhi, has the tendency to overwhelm you. It takes time to adjust. It has the power to pull you in and wear you down. It can be overpowering, but when you survive, it will all be worth it.

Still many people ask me why I want to live in India. Why would you give up a life in Europe, in Amsterdam, to come to India, to Delhi. For this question I have many answers, and I will pick the one best suited to the situation. May it be love, adventure, running away, settling down, endless opportunities. All these reasons have one base. India is the land of the heart. A heart filled with ideas, convictions, prejudiced and love. Love for India, love for family and friends. Love for life. In India the heart speaks many times before the mind. Overheated reactions on the streets, promises and unkept promises, golden mountains. The heart is in charge.

And what about your career? The money? I have worked hard to climb the career ladder in the corporate kingdom of Amsterdam. To get financial recognition besides the verbal praises and proverbial ‘feathers in the ass”. But if this is a real question, a real hesitation, a real point to consider, I can only say: “Forget the money. Because if you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend your life completely wasting your time. You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living, that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing. Which is stupid*“.

*Alan W. Watts

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