Day 21: still doing well. Had a good talk with a friend about looking for opportunities in different fields and issues in my current job. He mentioned something I hadn't really realized so far. I want to do a job I find more meaningful than what I did last year and one thing that comes to mind all the time is something to do with environment. I have always been interested in ecology and landscape, so that would be something I find both interesting and meaningful. We were discussing this and I was like "I would really like that, but I don't think I have the right resumé for that." But then he said that with the current issues with the environment and climate change, opportunities will grow. And ofcourse he has a point there. So that's something I'm going to look into. Reason why I am doing this: -Because I want to feel good about myself again. Three good things: -Every year the bookstores in my country have this really good deal where they print a 'classic' childrens book in an affordable edition which you can then either buy or donate to people with little money for 2 euro's. I really love the idea. I think reading is so important to children. And that's not just about learning language skills, but also sparking the imagination. Ofcourse I sometimes damn my vivid imagination, but I think it also helps me a lot to deal with problems. Both practical problems as well as scientific problems. So I bought 5 books and donated them -I went to an exhibition on a dutch painter, Pieter de Hoogh, who was a contemperary of Vermeer. They lived in the same city and influenced each other a lot. I really like his work because most of paintings are outside (and I always like that) and give a really good view of life in the 17th century. I went there with one of my best friends and it was a great afternoon -Yesterday the Netherlands were hit by a storm with a name for the first time ever. I wasn't that worried about it, but everybody was in complete turmoil. When the storm actually happened I was kinda dissappointed because it wasn't really that bad. I was nice taking a walk though. The wind that tried to push me around, it made both me and the world around me so much more alive.