The Ocean

Floating in my swimming speedos in the Atlantic Ocean has always been one of the things I wanted to tick off my bucket list. And I did, it was a great experience. You might think of it as a trifle, as a boys thing, entirely not significant but for me it was very important to see that I could have this particular experience.

They say that everything you experience in life changes you up to some point. For me, floating in the salt water at the coast of France was one of these things. And it did change me, a bit.

And then I saw this shell lying at the beach in La Bernerie-En-Retz a few years back and decided to take it home as a tiny memory of a great time. Whenever life is moving too fast for me I just look down to this little shell hanging there, put it in my hand and stop. I stop running, thinking, worrying, shouting or whatever I am doing wrong at that moment.

Life is precious.

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Leendert van Gemeren

AuthorLeendert van Gemeren

This is me, Leendert. I am a little bit old-fashioned and I love things from the past, old series like All Creatures Great And Small, mechanical wristwatches, bi-focal glasses and vinyl records for example. I am not keen on modern things and I often work on this old style model railway. I follow Jesus and sometimes write a poem about Him but I also write about my life. Eccentric. You can often find me in the kitchen at parties.


Dit ben ik, Leendert. Ik ben een beetje ouderwets en houd van dingen die geweest zijn, bijvoorbeeld oude Engelse series op TV zoals All Creatures Great And Small, mechanische horloges, bifocale brillen en oude langspeelplaten. Ik houd niet van moderne dingen en werk regelmatig aan een ouderwetse modelspoorbaan. Ik volg Jezus en schrijf mijn gedichten soms ook over Hem maar ik schrijf ook verhalen over het leven. Excentriek. Op feestjes ben ik vaak te vinden in de keuken.

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