Tell us about your work as unicef ambassador. How do you go on with everyday life, knowing of the sorrow of the world? In what ways has the experience changed you as a person?
– I strongly remember the moment when I felt I’d had enough. It was 12 years ago and I sat by myself in front of the news, watching a report on some recent disaster. The children. Despair. The terror. I remember I started crying, my whole body was screaming: ”I can’t stand this anymore”. Those exact words. How the hell are you supposed to just go on when the blinds are up and you can see what things are really like? I decided to do what I could and joined up as a volunteer.
In 2007 I was officially asked to become an ambassador, which is the greatest distinction I’ve gotten so far. Who cares if the initial reason for joining is making yourself feel better. The point is you’re doing something and I think so many people are far too relaxed and lazy in that aspect. A thousand excuses and prejudices, just to avoid having to take collective responsibility. My task is to be well prepared, understanding and engaging, try to get people to realize enough and open their hearts and wallets. I’m harsh but loving… We’re at our best when we have the opportunity to help others!
What’s the greatest thing you’ve learned from your children?
– Parents are allowed to be wrong and be forgiven, if they apologize instead of pretending to own each situation.
What are your dreams at the moment?
–Surfing at dawn, when the sun and the moon meet. Sounds like a youth novel but that’s generally what our days look like when we’re traveling. I also long for the theatre all the time. Back to my roots.
Some of your favorite things to do in life?
– Traveling. Throwing parties and dancing.
– It will be fine.
Role models in life?
– Fearless and empathic people.☮