Yoga Teacher & Daring Amateur Cyclist
We met Laura at one of her favourite café’s in Amsterdam, café Dignita Hoftuin.
No one ever really told me how to live. At 15 my parents divorced and stopped being parents. I didn’t know who I was or what I was supposed to do. It’s hard to… be yourself. This society doesn’t give you the time or space to think about the ‘self’, it’s not designed for that kind of reflection.
I don’t really mention my past much because I actively chose me. And that ‘me’ only exists in the now. Now I’m bold, idealistic and loving but I haven’t always been this way. Having an ethnic background and a mother who had been a refugee, I really had to question things. ‘Who I am?’ ‘What is this world? It’s this line of questioning that cultivated my passion for human rights and made up a lot of who I am today.
Last year I visited an project in Malawi which was helping girls go to school, blown away by the cause, I decided to raise money for them by cycling across Africa. If you think that sounds difficult, that’s because it is – but being my impulsive self, I thought, I cycle around Amsterdam every day, how hard can it be?
Very, as it turned out.
I had to push myself so hard, being a totally different me, but I made it and I learnt that I’m capable of far more than I ever thought.
DARE TO BE YOURSELF. DARE TO HAVE YOUR OWN OPINIONS.
I think that would be my message for people…Stick to your beliefs, make life an adventure and just keep pedalling, you’ll achieve more than you ever thought possible.
A product of our people for over 400 years.