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Triple Proof to 'Cut the Crap, and Start Living'

Fenja Sepers

Sometimes you hear about near-death-experiences - not only in the movies, but also in real life stories - and most of the times (and like in my case) it results in the process of cutting the crap, and really start living. I was happy to find proof about my theory, and within the thought of the Learning Curve preached by writer Joris Luyendijk - the increase of learning through sharing, and, learning from experiences of others - I made a 'triple proof' of 'cut the crap, and start living'.

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I had a near-death experience and while recovering, I started doing things that I was interested in- things I hadn't explored before. Not having a job at the time gave me the freedom to do that, but I wonder for those that have specific needs to meet and therefore need multiple jobs, what makes it possible for them to pursue what they really want to?

    • Fenja Sepers

      At the moment I live a 'poor' life in economics so to speak, and am surrounded by a lot of people who also have to fight for their existence in an economic way, but they do seem to value life and what they have more than I have ever seen. I think you can live your life with little, and give a lot with little, and always make the jump to do what you like. But besides that if you do everything in your life with happiness, because it is a choice, than things around you will also start to change in happiness, and will the things not come to you? I am doing at the moment what I love, without a vast road, and have very little, but am happier than ever. If somebody is stuck in two jobs, or houses, or whatever situation I wonder how did they get there, because they look like slaves of their own life, and is there no way out?

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        Interesting- so people need to start being mindful before the craziness happens. Not taking too many things on at once?

        • Fenja Sepers

          Well yes before, after and during the craziness perhaps! And yes maybe it is like you put it, not do too many things at once. For example I noticed that a lot will come with having a lot of patience, and being very relax in whatever situation, no matter how bad it is. Somebody once told me, when you sit very still the butterflies will land on your shoulder...

          And I am curious, did you make a big change in your life after your experience? How is it now for you?

          • Alessandra Rizzotti

            Yes, patience, and learning to relax is key. In terms of changing my life- I took a year to get better, and be creative- through standup comedy. Just learning what my voice was- and trying to understand what my point of view was on things. Though I didn't end up pursuing it, it taught me how to assert myself, who I liked to be around, and that I liked to write. Not sure how that's a big change, and I am not sure if it made me enjoy life more necessarily, but it definitely showed me who was there for me too- and the people in my life that I needed to spend more time with.

            • Fenja Sepers

              Thanks, it is nice to hear a first hand experience, whatever the change in the end is or not is. I think the thing with health is that it makes you realize how vulnerable we are, and gives more meaning to the time we have here. For me the radical change in my life and lifestyle feels a bit the same I suppose...and I am interested in how we can pursue that without these fundamental interventions ... or maybe it is not possible without...