• Valerie


From the day we were born, we are functioning in a particular culture and it’s difficult for us to escape it, even when we notice the beliefs, the habits and the perception of that culture do not serve us anymore. We think we live in a free world, but we are not as freethinking as we would like to.

To experience a true sense of freedom, it has been vital to me to get out of my comfort zone. Since I’m 24 when I backpacked for a year through an unknown territory until now, spending some time each year with cultures very different from mine has been life-changing. I understood that once you put yourself into a new experience, there is a whole new world of possibilities and opportunities opening up for you. You realize that no population is better off than another, no one can claim to be superior to another and that we all deserve to live a great life, according to our own unique values and “truths”.

When we come back from such trips, we start questioning our own “relative truth”, our way of living, our concepts like marriage, career, religion, education… all these ideas are simply not true for all cultures and tribes.

As long as they function for the good of the whole community, fine! But what if we notice some of these truths are dysfunctional and create misery (social, economic, political environmental…)? Don’t we have the right to depart from them and live according to our own truth? Aren’t we allowed to be who we really want to be, without being judged, criticized or laughed at?

Steve Jobs said, Life can be much so broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call ‘life’ was made up by people who were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use”.

We can decide to change our rules and reinvent new ones. That’s what we’ve been trying to accomplish with my communities over the past 12+ years. When I realized that the food we eat and the methods of gardening were once created by industries whose only leitmotiv was profit, I decided to change the rules and claim new ones.

Just like the Himbas, we can create a whole new community of game-changers. With the support of people who share the same goals as you, you can succeed in changing your rules, learning new things and finding a new purpose in your life.

Believing you can do is the first step!

(to be continued...)

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