I never really expected to end up in my “fatherland,” the Netherlands. But a few wrenches got thrown into my own plans and threw open a few doors I’ve been happy to walk through.
I’ve been connected to William Loogman on social media for a couple of years now. We’ve never met and have shared little conversation, but the shared connection of our ancestry (we’re not totally sure how we’re related) has kept us loosely connected via virtual reality.
Bill has always been incredibly supportive and encouraging of my immediate family and regularly shares his admiration for what we’re doing or offers his advice and consolation where he saw fit. For a near “stranger,” he never crossed lines, but always seemed to follow exactly what needed to be said. When he found out I’d be coming to Holland for a week, he immediately set aside time in his schedule so that we could meet up.
What I found out about Bill, regardless of our actual relation, is how the realness I’ve “met” online is only better in person. As we took a short tour through Amsterdam, the conversation flowed easily as we quickly gathered our connections, both in family and character. What needed to be said wasn’t withheld and Bill had a warm openness that made him feel every bit an Uncle, whatever distant “cousins” we might actually be.
We ended up at the ‘We Have a Dream’ exhibition, a pop up museum highlighting the victories of Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela – warriors of peace who risked life and limb in the purest intent to make this world a better place.
If you’re fine with being lost, the doors you sometimes end up walking through are exactly the ones you were meant for and the cathedral doors of De Nieuwe Kerk could not have been a more perfect fit.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
– Mahatma Ghandi
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
“What is my Dream?”
There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
– Nelson Mandela