Almost six years ago I stood on the Auckland Harbour Bridge in New Zealand for a bungee jump. The idea was: if I can throw myself off a bridge, I can do anything. Back then I thought my greatest fear was hights & falling. Or in other words: to die. Let's overcome that greatest fear, so no other fear could ever touch me.
That was the idea.
What to do? I ask my team every now and then. Or I tell them what I want, and they go fetch it. It's a dream team, really. Team Hannah. Such a shame that I keep forgetting they're here for me.
Let this story be a reminder.
This is the setting. It's 11 o'clock at night. I'm at my mother's place. The house is quiet, everyone has gone to sleep. I'm in the guest bedroom, getting ready for the night. My phone rings, Skype. It's Jennifer calling from New Zealand. Strange conversation. No idea what she's talking about. BUT IT WAS HUGE.
Money and me, we have a special relationship. He's my teacher and my friend. Unconditionally. When I hate him, he keeps loving me back.
From no money to traveling the world for free. In 2014 I flew from Amsterdam to Hawaii, from Los Angeles to Sydney. To wherever I wanted, whenever I wanted. First class. Business class. Any class. And I wasn't a flight attendant. How this all happened? It started with a good conversation with money.
Now sit back and relax. I will tell you all about it.
Looking at my walk of life so far I can say that boredom has been one of my driving forces. Boredom has brought me to my current life. It's my signpost. The most important decisions were made out of boredom. Changing my direction. Like on the 13th of March 2015...
THE ART OF BEING HM DE GROOT
On one hand creating is a matter of just doing. Simple is that. But on the other hand it takes a lot to get to that point of creation. Besides techniques and materials it's a lot about... yourself. It goes up and down. From being in the flow to being convinced it all makes no sense. From exhilarating discoveries and breakthroughs to lonely moments in the endless desert of emptiness.