The Holstee Manifesto has had a strong impact in my life. I discovered it recently by chance, while surfing the internet searching for “words of wisdom” which, in my case, means reading blogs about self-consciousness, personal growth, empowerment, how to find what you really love, and similar subjects. I was experiencing some job-related problems: I wasn’t sure anymore about my passion (computer science and IT), previously I had been “shifted” to other duties and I was feeling depressed because my energy was comprised. I realized that I needed to free my creative energy out if I wanted to get over it. In the past, I suffered a nervous breakdown for something similar, and I didn’t want to repeat that mistake again. So I stepped into an “alternative path”—one which I have never thought of before: I took up many creative hobbies (drawing, stiching, hand-made jewelry, patchwork and many more) to express myself freely. At the same time I started analyzing my interests, passions, work & life experiences in order to understand who I am and what I like or don’t like. I realized that it all depends on HOW you live your life, not on what you do. Well, of course, that is also important for your full self-realization but it’s not the crucial point. While elaborating upon my thinking, I came accross the Holstee Manifesto. I was impressed by the first sentence at glance, “This is your life. Do what you love and do it often”. Then I read the second, “If you don’t like something, change it”. I got the funny feeling that each phrase was directed to me. My heart was full of joy—at last I discovered that I wasn’t alone, that many other people felt the same way I felt!  I immediately identified myself with the Manifesto’s philosophy and I uploaded its image as my Twitter profile account. So, from that day on, I try to apply the Holstee “commandments” to my everyday life and I realized that I became less anxious and happier, even as the whole journey continues. Probably many facts and events helped me in gaining more confidence in myself, but I’m sure that the Holstee Manifesto is still a guide for me, and from time to time I like to re-read a single line and think about it. Moreover, recently I suggested it to a friend who seems to be tired of his life.  A big hug to the Holstee team and all the crew behind these words.  Thanks for sharing your ideas and projects, you are an exemple of positivity and way of life!

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