2015 - 5 things I'm grateful for

2015 will probably not stay in my memories as a year full of new things or experiences or as a year of finished things or changes. It was more a year of struggles. But in every year there are numerous things to be grateful for – here are 5 things I am grateful for that 2015 helped me to refresh them in my mind.

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Bring back those girls - and ensure their education!

UNICEF educate a girlThe kidnapping of school girls in Nigeria, the shooting of Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan, the attacking of girls attending school in Afghanistan – all have the same theme: trying to keep girls away from education.

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Freedom Day 2014

b2ap3_thumbnail_bevrijdingsdag-logo.jpgOn May 5th Liberation day is celebrated in the Netherlands – after the night before people stood still to remember those that gave their lives in the fight for freedom. Freedom day is actually a better translation – as this day is to celebrate freedom. It is a great tradition – to remember and to celebrate, to have two days that put freedom into the centre – every year again.

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Remembrance Day

b2ap3_thumbnail_dodenherdenking500.jpgMay 4th is Remembrance Day in the Netherlands, a day to remember the people killed in World War II. It is good to see that even now, nearly 70 years after the end of the war, this day is still alive. Many people join one of the many ceremonies all over the country and respect the two minutes of silence at 8 p.m.

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2012 - 5 things I am grateful for

5 things I am grateful for – something going back to Steve Seibold and not surprisingly popular amongst AIESEC-ers. Sometimes I like doing it – not as a daily routine, but so now and then. I like it as a way to look back and to see what happened in that period and what I am grateful for that it happened in my life. It can be about experiences, things that happened, persons or what a person did. But try to stay away from generalising - otherwise it would quickly boil down to the usual suspects as partner, friends, family, health etc :-). It’s about the small things – and seriously: every person does also things you don’t like ;-)

Today it’s time to look back onto 2012 – and I feel like looking what I am grateful for of all that what happened in my world in 2012. A lot happened – and a lot of things I am grateful for, but there is only room for 5. Some are easy picks, some are hard not to put them onto the 5 mentioned here. But here we go!

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