Living a li(f)e / Testimonial / Bernd Bodewes 28, Dutch – Communication advisor at the Dutch Institute for Rational Use of Medicine SWIEb

Bernd Bodewes 28, Dutch – Communication advisor at the Dutch Institute for Rational Use of Medicine SWIEb

Harry’s book was not only an eye-opener to me, it also inspired my life for the very best. Someone who dares to fight for what he is worth and also dares to fight for others. A listening ear and at the same time, someone who has the ability to step out of a situation so he can give you the needed tools after he has analyzed the total picture.

Harry Trotter is a dreamer and has at the same time a realistic view on our current society. There can’t be a bigger contradiction it seems. Even though they go hand in hand with Harry.

What really triggered me when I met Harry is that he often said that sexuality does not define you and I could totally relate to this. In the journey of who I truly am, I never identified myself on how society perceives gay people. This made accepting myself so difficult because I believed there were no other people like me.

My sexuality is a small part of me and it does not define, totally who I am. The fact that people directly gave me a stamp based on my sexuality has always been a big thing for me. I have learned to live with it and to stand up for myself. I have accepted that people will always classify you, in terms of your sexuality no matter what. Reading his journey and meeting him made my process easier and has been life changing for me and I am sure it will be to many others.

Harry had become one of my good friends because he understands so well what I have experienced. He has empathy as no other and he made me remember life is too short to be judged by your sexuality, job, looks and so on. We are so much more than those labels society puts on us.

Live and let live. Understanding others and being able to place yourself in someone else’s story without losing yourself nor having a feeling of guilt of not pleasing another is what Harry truly learned me.

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