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Books are nice. I really enjoy sitting in the garden of my parents reading a book – something I’ve done a lot in my life.

But giving away books to friends is maybe just as nice: it is nice to give, and also good to save space for books I haven’t read or that I really want to keep. (Yes, I know, it may be a waste of money to give away books – but then it is also a waste of money to see movies in cinemas).

However, I think, writing a personal message in a book is the most important thing. A book with a nice message is a gift for life. Some day, you’ll get it out of your book case, read their carefully thought lines, smile, and remember the occasion when they were written. One I enjoyed writing: “pour un amour uncertain“, “for an insecure love“, to a girl I had a short-lived, yet beautiful, love relationship with. I never asked whether she liked the message though!

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People make life interesting

I have a younger sister. But I also have an ‘adopted’ sister, who’s not really my adopted sister (although I once cheekily  convinced a friend I do have one), but ‘just’ a very good friend of mine. Anyway, in some way we came to this quote as our shared life motto. Because it is true. Jobs can be interesting. Travelling can be interesting. The people we know can hurt us. But in the end, it is our partners, friends and family, the great intense moment we live with them, that make our lives so worthwile.

In this first Thursday TED talk I’ll be weekly posting here, I’d like to share one which is close to the reason why I started this blog.

Sometimes, there are moments in life where not all things are going as smoothly as you’d wish. In those days, it’s important to remember all these great small things that make life awesome – and to actively look for them. TED speaker Neil Pasricha did just that and started the blog 1000 awesome things. Enjoy!

You see things as they are and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’

George Bernard Shaw, Ireland, 1856-1950

This is probably one of my favourite quotes. I aspire to have the attitude to look at life, and say ‘why not?’ whenever I have a certain idea, plan, or ambition. It is so much easier to ask ‘why’, to break down ideas of others or yourself. Asking ‘why not’ is the key to an interesting, adventurous life.