Nele Sienknecht

Are you missing it, too?

That heart space. That safe space. That living a sustainable life from the inside out. And if you do, if we do, then why’s that?

Maybe it’s because we’re living in a one-size-fits-all-society.

Squeezing and dividing our lives into 8-hour schedules. 8 hours of sleep, 8 hours of work and 8 hours of life.

As if we could separate the one from the other. As if life only happens before 9 and after 5 o’clock.

Maybe it’s because we believe sustainability is something that solely has to do with how we treat Mother Earth.

As if we could sustain our natural resources when we’ve forgotten how to sustain what’s inside of us. What we’re made of. What’s below our surface. As if we could take care of others without taking care of ourselves first.

We’re online 24/7. Our wifi, never turned off.

When we connect, we connect online. Chasing likes. Chasing followers. Fine tuning our profile picture. Putting a filter on everything. To make us look better. To make our lives seem greater.

As if living in itself isn't already enough.

As if waking up every day to sunshine, rain or snow isn't the greatest gift of all.

As if a touch, a smile, a laugh, a hug, a kiss, one warm word isn't the only thing that really matters. We have so much to be grateful for. And yet. It's never enough. Or maybe it's too much?

Have we become unable to handle those real life emotions?

The grief and joy of others and ourselves. The hurt and happiness in our lives.

‘Cause I was wondering.

Can you still look me in the eye, see my pain and be there? Without trying to fix me because my pain makes you feel uncomfortable?

Can I still share your joy? Allow you to goof around without blushing because I'm more concerned about what others might think?

Can we still go the extra mile for one another? Can we still connect with our gut? The people around us? With nature?

Or have our connections been replaced by followers and our emotions by poop emojis and unicorns?

My name is Nele

And I believe we still can.

So let’s find back. To ourselves. To one another. To nature.

And let’s make this our favourite thing on this planet. Let’s make this our yndlingsting.

Nele Sienknecht