Remember the lessons from strangers I met in NZ

The Maori chief:
– Believes in fighting for his rights, culture & heritage. All of us are individuals with rights and are all unique and should not hesitate to stand up for who we are and our beliefs.
– Not to cower in the face of resistance.
– In whatever you do, perserving pride in your work and dignity in your character earns you respect wherever you go.

Robert (with the Kiwi bird):
– Love what you do and you never have to work a day.
– Dedicated commitment to his passion.
– “We speak up and fight for what we believe in”.
– Continual belief in your passion.

The Canadian:
– taught me that it is ok to live life the way you want to as long as you are happy (of course, not at anyone’s expenses).
– taught me that it is ok to live for oneself.
– that one does not have to keep asking if the things that you do make sense. Cos if you want to do it, then it makes sense to yourself and that is enough.
– that it is ok to have 2 breakfasts. It is after all the most important meal of the day. Why not have it twice?
– that it is ok to watch the same 2 films over and over again if you want to.
– that it is ok to stop for a while, do nothing, have nowhere to go to, if you are happy being where you are, doing nothing. It is called having a rest or living life whichever you want to call it.
– that just be yourself & you will be happier than most people are.
– that it is possible to travel & meet different people from all over tha world without travelling. (Just hang out at the same hostel for 1 month & talk to everyone that comes along).
– to take life as it comes.
– Shit happens…all the time. Just take things in your stride.
– It is ok to go back to sleep after breakfast.
– It is ok to do nothing for a while when you have yet to figure out what you want to do.
– Remember to live, really live life and enjoy life. The enjoyment of life is best defined by oneself, not others.


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