Share Your World

Share Your World – 2014 Week 15

Nineteen forever

First of all: I am Dutch. So please ignore my mistakes in grammar and forget the fairytales about Tulips and Windmills 🙂 And yes, we have them too …

Right. I share my World on my blog WitchWithaView. A reflection of myself. Photo’s in combination with text, short stories and poems. Sometimes, but not often a political statement or an article on e-marketing or writing for the internet. I am a Graphic Artist but don’t work in that profession. I have three jobs at the moment. Not counting being a husband to my wife and a servant to my cats of course.

I make a living dreaming up and designing (marketing) concepts for the oldest company in The Netherlands, and one of the oldest companies in the World: The Royal Dutch Mint. Established in the late Middle Ages we are now a modern manufacturer of Euro’s and more than thirty other currencies. I get even paid for it! My second job I already revealed. I write. For the internet, SEO and SEA. And believe it or not, they also pay me for my hobby! (I most be doing something good … but what?)

Last but etc. etc. I am a qualified and professional sailing instructor, coaching other sailing instructors to become better. And learning on the fly that sometimes they are much, much better sailors than I am. They only don’t know it. Yet.. So I show them.

The Four Questions I Have To Answer

  • For your blog do you basically use Windows or Mac, laptop, desktop or pad? I use a Macbook Air. And an Ipad 4. And an Iphone 5s. And I even blog using my Galaxy S4. But I write on a notepad. A Moleskine softcover. With a pencil. I never erase something I have put down on paper. Of course I rewrite the draft using one of my Macs. I own two of them … Sorry for not being modest.
  • As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Apart from being loved by everybody? Nothing special. The dream every boy dreams: a firefighter, jet pilot, racing driver, ocean sailor and daredevil in general. Oh, I forgot to mention Pastor … My Father was a Pastor, and he was unbelievable good in preaching. A positive, inspiring man who sadly died at 54 … Apart from being a Sailor and daredevil my dreams did not come through. I had (have) other talents.
  • Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it? Difficult to say. Rotterdam is a big city in Holland but a small city compared to London, Paris or New York. I liked living in a city that has, in the sixties, seventies of the last century, the biggest harbor in the World. Seeing the Ocean Liners leave for the Americas, watching the cranes, it was a sight never to forget. Yes, I liked growing up in a city. Going to clubs at 18, my first job, my first love …
  • How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? Easy question, difficult answer. Nineteen. I was sitting at the kitchen table making a sketch for a class in college. The phone rang and my girlfriend walked over to answer it. My Mother was on the other end. A moment I never shall forget. My girlfriend went ashen and told me that my Father had died. Visiting the Mont St-Michel in France. Time stood still. I finished my drawing without realizing the impact of the message. Until recently I lived to outlive the age of my Father. Yes, nineteen it is. Nineteen forever.

Cee’s Share Your World week 15

By Geert Smits

Photographer | Graphic Designer | Writer | Dutch | Rotterdam

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